Collin County History

Collin County was created in 1846. The Parent county was Fannin. You will want to check the Neighbor County Links for records of Fannin and adjoining counties and their records. Top left photo a scene from downtown McKinney, Below left old Collin County courthouse.

An Act was created and approved 3rd April, A.D. 1846 to form Collin County out of part of Fannin County. The settlers were few and the boundaries of the newly created county was not clearly defined. The legislature passed an act defining the northern boundaries on 24 January 1848. The first county seat was located at Buckner but was later changed to McKinney due to the fact the people did not follow the instructions from the legislature to select the county seat. On March 16, 1848 the legislature passed the act to change the county seat to McKinney. There have been 6 courthouses for Collin County. The old courthouse on the square is currently is used as a performing arts facility.

U. S. Federal Census Population counts for 1850 was 1,950, including 154 slaves. In 1860 the population had increased to 9,264 and the Civil War halted growth in the county. 1870 population was 14,013. By 1900 the climb in the county was to 50,087 inhabitants. Currently the population is over one million people.

The primary crops for the county included Corn, Cotton, Oats and Wheat. Small rolling hills and flat farm land can be found throughout the county. There is an unmarked sacred Native American burial ground in the county. There were accounts of Native American attacks but many lived in peace as well among the new settlers.

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