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Collin County Courthouse
Over the years, the Collin County Courthouse has seen more face-lifts than Joan Rivers. Now a completely new building away from the town square, the original McKinney Town Square Courthouse was built in 1848 when McKinney took over the county seat from Buckner. The building was rebuilt in 1856, 1874, 1927, and finally rennovated after the courthouse moved to another building in 1979. This old courthouse now serves as the McKinney Performing Arts Theatre.
This building, whatever its purpose does serve as the main architectural picture of Collin County's main town square, and hopefully that will remain regardless of its occupants. It has seen both a Neoclassical and Second Empire facade in its day, so hopefully it will remain in tact as future generations look after it.
History of McKinney
McKinney (1841) is one of the oldest North Texas towns. It was named for Collin McKinney, who was born in New Jersey in 1766. His family moved to Kentucky while he was still a child.
In 1794, McKinney married Amy Moore and they had four children, but two of them died in infancy. After his first wife died in 1804, he married Betsey Coleman who birthed seven additional children. During this time he was named magistrate, holding this position until moving to Texas.
When Collin moved his family to Tennessee, Senator George Washington Campbell hired him to manage his estate after the Senator was appointed Minister to Russia. This position gave McKinney the opportunity to meet influential people and when he moved to the Red River District a few years later he was acknowledged as a political figure.
At a convention meeting at Old Washington-on-the-Brazos several years later, Collins and four representatives were asked to write a declaration of separation from Mexico. This became known as the Texas Declaration of Independence and bears McKinney's signature.
Here are some highlights from his life:
*He later went on to serve the Red River District in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Congresses of the Republic.
*Served as a guide from 1844-46 for settlers in North Texas who were moving from Kentucky and Arkansas, making this trip 11 times on horseback.
*Moved his family to the area near Anna, Texas around 1846 and soon after the county was renamed Collin County*
*In 1848 the county seat moved from Buckner and was renamed McKinney in his honor.
Collin McKinney died on September 8, 1861 at the age of 95 and is buried in a marked grave in a cemetery at Van Alstyne.
Information came from mcKinneytx.com
This is one of McKinney's oldest community parks and features two large picnic pavilions, with a large playground and picnic areas. There are also two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, sports fields and a swimming pool. The park covers 32.4 acres.
Here you'll find a small plot of land that was the original county seat for Collin County. One of the original settlers of the area, McGarrah, started a trading post here which later became a fort and then a townsite. In 1848, it was noticed that Buckner wasn't within the legal boundaries to be considered the county seat...and everyone picked up and moved a few miles to McKinney which then became the county seat for Collin. Buckner was no more. What remains at the site is the Buckner Cemetery - oldest grave is from 1870. Two historical markers tell the story of both Buckner the town and the cemetery. It's a small area that can be found right next to the Third Monday Trade Days field - on U.S. 380 about 3 miles west of McKinney.
If you're going for lunch I'd...
If you're going for lunch I'd recommend A Square Meal or the Pantry (great desserts). For dinner though I'd say go to the Prison (yes, it's a resteraunt although it was the old prison). They've got some great upscale tex-mex and outside they've got a bar and live music on the weekends plus if you get there early you can get one of the cells upstairs, they're a little bit more private. For a nice date or just some really nice food, I'd go to Goodhugh's. They're wonderful!!! All of these are located right off the square and if you ask anyone, trust me, they'll know where to point you. Hmmm, Goodhughs has a wonderful riblet appetizer and steak as does the Prison. For the Pantry, get a slice of pie, trust me on this one and at Square Meal they've got awesome sandwiches and smoothies.
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