McKinney and Collin County History 1924
The city has twenty miles of paved streets, all electrically lighted. It has natural gas for heating purposes, street car line, sewerage system, city incinerator, modernly equipped tourist camp, fifty acres public parks, ten churches, modern high school building, modern junior high school building and four eight room modern brick ward school buildings all fireproof construction, and an eight teacher colored school.
City has 2,300 scholastic enrollment. McKinney has three wholesale grocery houses; is one of the largest wholesale and retail mule markets in the state; federal postoffice building and a number of manufacturing industries including one million two hundred thousand dollar capitalized cotton mill and two thousand barrel capacity flour mill, modern compress, cotton seed oil mill; two steam railway lines and one electric railway line.
Fifty-five interurban cars pass through the city daily. Taxable values of the city six million dollars ($8,000,000) and of county $35,000,000. The town has three newspapers -The Weekly Examiner, Clint Thompson, F. C Thompson and J. Frank Smith editors. The Weekly Democrat-Gazette, established February 7, 1884 and the Daily Courier-Gazette established March 4, 1897 both of the last two named papers are owned and edited by Perkins & Wilson, a firm composed of Tom W. Perkins and Walter B. Wilson. The city owns a modernly constructed and equipped municipal hospital with a new $75,000
nurse's home under construction, which latter building is the gift of F. B. Pope as a memorial to his deceased wife, Maggie Shain Pope, and of her deceased parents, Jesse Shain and Mrs. Fannie Eubank Shain.
McKinney is one of the most beautiful little cities in Texas, one of the most delightful to live in on account of all its modern conveniences and one of the best to make a living and grow rich in.
In the language of the late T. B. Wilson "there is nothing fictitious or speculative or ephemeral in the pros-perily and steady growth of McKinney and Collin county. It rests upon a solid foundation that is sure to strengthen and improve with the progress of the agricultural and industrial development of the state. This black, rich, practically exhaustless soil is worth more to McKinney and the county than would be all the gold mines of the Klondike or the gushing oil wells of other portions of the state.
It is doubtful whether there is any land in England that is as fertile as that of Collin county. Yet, the average rental value of good arable land in England is said to be $50.00 per acre and the renters make money. This annual rental of land in England represents about half the market value of land in Collin county which is destined to greatly increase in price as its productivity and worth becomes more generally known and appreciated.
History of McKinney and Collin County, 1924, by Walter B. Wilson