As settlers began to make the trek across the continent in the mid 1850’s, a few of them settled in an area now known as Collin County. They came in wagons pulled by oxen or horses, braving the cold winter months until spring arrived. Once the winter thaw arrived, it was more suitable for them to stake their claim in the newly settled land.
Collin County began to grow and the town of McKinney would incorporate and eventually become the county seat. The expansion of the railway system allowed for the increasing transport of agricultural and other goods to neighboring settlements.
In 1910, the Texas Cotton Mill opened. Over the next half century, cotton would become a booming industry leading to great prosperity throughout the country. During this time, many people including immigrants and locals– worked the land.
Years later, after the civil rights struggle in America had ended much discrimination and injustice, this land would have new meaning. Once worked by Immigrants and residents, this land would now become place of opportunity and prosperity – to own a home, to raise a family, and to create a community – bringing the history and the people of McKinney full circle.
Fields of labor give way to a place to call home for families whose history might never have dreamed of such a place.
Welcome to The Cotton Groves, where history, legacy, and family create community.