Collin McKinney is the namesake of both a county and county seat, but most residents in Collin County and the city of McKinney, even historians, know little or nothing about the man. Such is a shame, as Mr. McKinney was a truly remarkable outdoorsman, statesman, righteous man and, even for Texas, the stuff of legend.
He was over six feet tall, barrel chested and robust, and lived into his nineties. He had big friends, the likes of Sam Houston and Davy Crockett. In fact, one of the first persons Crockett sought out in Texas, after delivering his famous farewell in Tennessee of "You can go to hell, I am going to Texas," was McKinney. And McKinney was so well acquainted because he was a notable gentleman himself – one of five men tasked with drafting the Texas Declaration of Independence and Constitution, McKinney was not only a signer but honored with the quill and inkwell used by all the signers. He was also the oldest delegate at that fateful convention, being 70 years old and had already lived a long life as an outfitter, guide, Indian fighter, businessman, pastor and public servant. He was also instrumental in leading the new republic into statehood.
So why are we talking about Collin McKinney now? Because his Sestercentennial, or 250th birthday, is this year, 2016. And we're taking this opportunity to celebrate the real and legendary man that he was, bringing the county together in a yearlong party.
Our celebration will be as big as the man we're honoring. He's not just a local hero… he's a renowned son of Texas. And you're invited to celebrate with us!
You're invited to watch the short video
Collin McKinney: Man of Vision.
For more information about the Sestercentennial activities, please visit the
Collin McKinney 250 website!