The first immigrants to North Texas arrived in the 1830s, mostly from Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas, and other Upper Southern and Midwestern states. The pioneering exhibit showcases why people came to Texas, the life of pioneer era women, a day in the life of a child, and the technology that “brought us out of the mud.”
North Texas in the Civil War Era
This exhibit, developed by the staff of the North Texas History Center, uses words, photos, and objects to tell the story of the Reluctant Confederates.
After reelection in 1859, Senator James Throckmorton of McKinney became a political advisor to Governor Sam Houston. Throckmorton and Houston watched helplessly as events between 1859 and 1860 precipitated the Civil War. Standing by his beliefs, Throckmorton was one of only seven delegates to the 1861 Secession Convention who voted against Texas’ withdrawal from the Union. Collin County's vote against secession was 948 to 405. Once Texas joined the Confederacy, more than 1,500 residents of the county enlisted.