Historical Markers in
Collin County, Texas

1911 McKinney Post Office 1927 Collin County Courthouse Abston Cemetery Alla School Allen Allen Cemetery Allen Station of the Texas Electric Railway Allen Water Station Altoga Cemetery Ambush at McKinney Aron-Harris House Audie Murphy's Homecoming, June 15, 1945 Baccus Cemetery Bain-Honaker House Barnes-Largent House Bear Creek Cemetery Bethlehem Baptist Church Beverly-Harris House Blue Ridge Blue Ridge Methodist Church Bowman Cemetery Bradley Cemetery Brown Cottage Buckner Buckner Cemetery Buckner Cemetery Burton House Capt. Randolph Marcy's Exploration Route through Collingsworth County Central National Road of the Republic of Texas Chambersville Chambersville Cemetery Chambersville Methodist Church Charles C. Stibbens Charles P. and Sallie G. Heard Home City of Wylie Coffman Cemetery Collin County Collin County Farm Collin County Prison Collin McKinney Home Collingsworth County Collingsworth County Hospital Collinsworth Cemetery Copeville Corinth Presbyterian Church Cottage Hill Methodist Church and Cemetery Crossroads Cemetery Crouch-Perkins House Dallas Depot of the H. & T. C. Davis House Davis House Dozier Cemetery Dr. William Edward Throckmorton Dr. William Taylor Hoard House Dulaney Cottage Dulaney House E. A. Newsome House Elm Grove Cemetery Empire College Empire Masonic Lodge Estes House Fanny Finch Elementary School Farmersville Farmersville I.O.O.F. Cemetery Farmersville Masonic Lodge No. 214, A.F. & A.M. First Baptist Church of Farmersville First Baptist Church of Josephine First Baptist Church of McKinney at Drexel Street First Baptist Church of Melissa First Baptist Church of Murphy First Baptist Church of Plano First Baptist Church of Wylie First Christian Church of Anna First Christian Church of McKinney First Christian Church of Plano First Christian Church of Weston First Methodist Church of Allen First Methodist Church of Farmersville First Methodist Church of Plano First Methodist Church of Wellington First National Bank Building First National Bank of Farmersville First Presbyterian Church of McKinney First Presbyterian Church of Plano First Presbyterian Church of Prosper First United Methodist Church of McKinney Forest Grove Christian Church Fox-Caldwell House Frankford Frankford Cemetery Frankford Church Fred Schimelpfenig Building Frisco Methodist Church Frognot Community George McGarrah Cemetery George Washington Smith Gough-Hughston House Governor James Webb Throckmorton Grounds Cemetery Gus Wilson Heard-Craig House Herring-Hogge Cemetery Highland Cemetery Honaker-Holsonbake House Howell House Huson Cemetery J. D. Stiff Home James Calvin Rhea House James Waller Thomas House John Elias and Ida May Herrington House John Faires House John Martin House John Myers McKinney John S. and Rachel W. Heard House Josephine Kirkpatrick House L. A. Scott Home Lavon Lavon School Law Office of James W. Throckmorton Lee Lodge No. 435, A.F. & A.M. Liberty Baptist Church Lovejoy School Mantua Mathews General Store Maxwell Cemetery McKinney McLarry Cemetery McMillen Cemetery McMinn Chapel Cemetery Melissa Cemetery Melissa Christian Church Melissa School Methodism in Collingsworth Millwood and Millwood Cemetery Mt. Pleasant Hill Cemetery Muncey Massacre Murphy Community Murphy Family Cemetery Murphy School Needwood Cemetery Nelson Hotel Nevada Nevada Baptist Church Nevada Cemetery Nicholson School O'Neil Building Old Celina Cemetery Old City Cemetery Old Collin County Courthouse Old Settlers Cemetery at Wilson Creek Old Settlers' Park Old Union Cemetery Pecan Grove Memorial Park Plano Cemetery Plano High School and Gymnasium Plano Mutual Cemetery Plano National Bank/I.O.O.F. Lodge Building Pleasant Grove Cemetery Prairie Grove Cemetery Prosper Prosper United Methodist Church Public Education in Anna Quail Cemetery Rocking Chair "Ranche" (1883-1893) Routh Cemetery Rowlett Creek Cemetery Saigling House Saint Mark Baptist Church Saint Paul Baptist Church Saint Peter's Episcopal CHurch Scott Cemetery Scott-Barker House Sherley, A. & Bro. Hardware Store Shiloh Baptist Church Site of Collin McKinney Homestead Site of Dozier Schoolhouse Site of Elm Saloon Site of Lebanon Site of Lutie School Site of Muse Academy Site of Rock Hill Site of Wilmeth-McKinney Homestead Site of World War II Prisoner of War Camp St. Paul Stiff Chapel Cemetery Stony Point Church and Cemetery T. J. Campbell House Taylor House Texas American Bank/McKinney N. A., formerly the Collin County National Bank Texas Electric Railway Station The Ammie Wilson House The Birthplace of Rebekah Baines Johnson The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde The Shawnee Trail Thomas and Mattie Brown House Thompson Cemetery Thompson Cemetery Van Winkle Cemetery Verona Methodist Church W. D. McFarlin Building Waddill-Morris Homesite Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church Westminster College William and Charlotte Stone House "Stonehaven" William B. Largent House William Clinton and Anna Belle Thompson House Williams Cemetery Wilson Creek House Woodlawn Cemetery Wylie Cemetery Wylie Methodist Church Young Cemetery
The Alamo, a mission in San Antonio, is perhaps the most famous historical site in Texas. It was the site of a key battle during the Texas Revolution in 1836.
Collin County, Texas, boasts a captivating history that spans generations. The region was initially home to Native American tribes before European settlers arrived. In the mid-1800s, as pioneers and immigrants ventured into the area, Collin County experienced remarkable growth and development.

Established in 1846, Collin County derived its name from Collin McKinney, a prominent figure in early Texas history and one of the five drafters of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The county played a significant role in the state's development during its early years.

Throughout the 19th century, Collin County prospered due to factors like the expansion of railroads and the establishment of agricultural communities. Cotton farming became a key industry, and towns such as McKinney, the county seat, flourished with commercial and cultural activity.

In the 20th century, Collin County continued to evolve. The discovery of oil, the growth of suburban areas, and the establishment of technology companies fueled its economic development. The county transformed into a thriving and diverse region with a robust economy encompassing sectors like technology, healthcare, and finance.

Today, Collin County stands as a testament to its rich heritage. With its picturesque landscapes, historic downtowns, and vibrant communities, the county has become an attractive destination for residents and businesses alike. Collin County embraces its history while embracing the opportunities of the present, maintaining its position as a dynamic and prosperous part of the great state of Texas.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Collin County, Texas.

  • Pre-19th Century: The area that would become Collin County was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Caddo and Comanche.

  • 1846: Collin County was established shortly after Texas joined the United States as the 28th state. It was named in honor of Collin McKinney, a pioneer and one of the signatories of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

  • Mid to Late 1800s: Collin County experienced rapid growth and development, primarily fueled by the arrival of European-American settlers. Agriculture, particularly cotton farming, became a significant economic driver in the region.

  • 1872: The city of McKinney was named the county seat, named after Collin McKinney. It grew into a prominent center of commerce and government in Collin County.

  • Early 1900s: Collin County continued to thrive, and communities within the county flourished. The growth of railroads, such as the Texas Electric Railway, further facilitated trade and transportation in the region.

  • Late 20th Century: Collin County experienced significant suburbanization and population growth, driven by its proximity to Dallas. The county became an attractive destination for families and businesses seeking a balance between urban amenities and a suburban lifestyle.

  • 21st Century: Collin County has continued to expand and diversify economically. It has become a hub for technology, telecommunications, healthcare, and other industries. The county maintains its rich agricultural heritage while embracing modern advancements.