McKinney's motto is "Unique by nature," a recognition of both its extraordinary scenery and its singular history. The original settlers to the area arrived in 1841, when it was called Peter's Colony. In 1849, the town was selected as the county seat for Collin County and changed its name to McKinney to honor pioneer and Texas Declaration of Independence signer Collin McKinney. The arrival of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1872 helped McKinney's economy surge, as did its farms' high yields of cotton, corn, and grains. These boom times spawned the emergence of newspapers, banks, churches, fire departments, telephone exchanges, and other modern developments that carried the city into the 20th century and established it as the hub of commerce it remains today.
As great as downtown is, it would be a shame not to make the short drive into the surrounding areas to experience all the natural beauty and entertainment the region has to offer. Lose yourself among the lush rows of grape trees and chic facilities of the Wales Manor Winery and the Mitas Hill Vineyard and taste some of the finest domestic wines in the country, each less than a 20-minute drive east from downtown McKinney. On the southern edge of town, you’ll find fossil exhibits, natural science collections, and wildlife habitats to explore at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Come visit McKinney and discover why it truly is one of the best places in America to live, even if only for a day.
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