Cotton mills became the key to industrializing the post-reconstruction South in the 1880s.  Promoted by local investors to turn agricultural products into finished goods, cotton mill fever spread across the cotton producing states of Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas.

By the early 1900s, Texas embarked on a twenty-year cotton mill campaign.  Within Collin County, cotton was grown, picked baled and compressed in preparation for outside markets for processing. 

City leaders hoped to bring jobs to communities while keeping Texas' top agricultural product within the state for processing.

McKinney's civic leaders and businessmen realized the potential for a locally owned mill and in 1910 the McKinney cotton mill opened on the northern edge of the blackland prairie.

In the 1960's, McKinney's Cotton Mill (producing Texas Textile Fabrics) was the largest denim manufacturer in the World.  The Mill closed it's doors in 1969.
Click the photograph above to read article about the Cotton Mill in
McKinney Living Magazine
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