Rebecca Baines Johnson, the mother of the 36th US President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born in McKinney in 1881. There is a historic marker located at 411 Chestnut Street.
In 1910 The Thompson Gin & Grocery Store (Graves & Rockhill Rd) was almost robbed by outlaw Sam Bass and his Gang. Apparently the owner James J. Thomson was so polite, even offering to carry the heavier items, that the robbers changed their minds and left.
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