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McKinney Falls: The Ranch Home of Thomas F. McKinney, Pioneer Texas Entrepreneur - Paperback

McKinney Falls: The Ranch Home of Thomas F. McKinney, Pioneer Texas Entrepreneur - Paperback

McKinney Falls: The Ranch Home of Thomas F. McKinney, Pioneer Texas Entrepreneur - Paperback
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McKinney Falls State Park, which lies across the Colorado River from Austin, is the 672-acre center of a 40,000-acre tract where Texas pioneer Thomas Freeman McKinney established his ranch. This history tells the fascinating life story of this influential frontiersman and entrepreneur. Born in Kentucky in 1801, McKinney led an adventuresome life on the early Texas frontier. In the 1820s, McKinney claimed a league of land in Stephen F. Austin's fledgling Texas colony. McKinney and his cousin Phil Sublett settled in Nacogdoches. McKinney became a successful trader, eventually moving to the Brazos River valley, a jumping-off point for his pack trains of cotton to Saltillo. Handy with a Kentucky rifle and fluent in Spanish, McKinney traveled in Texas and Mexico and made valuable contacts for the commission business he founded at the mouth of the Brazos in 1834. His firm of McKinney & Williams prospered and helped supply the Texas revolution in 1835-36. In 1837, McKinney and others founded the Galveston City Company. After he moved the McKinney & Williams commission house there, he became one of the wealthiest leaders of the new Republic.

  • Author: Margaret Swett Henson
  • Product Info. ISBN: 978-0876111727 Format: Paperback 5 ½ x 8 ½ in., 64 pp. Maps, illustrations.
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