Hill and King Grain

400 E. Louisiana

Also know as the Hill – Webb Grain Elevator/McKinney Grain/McKinney Feed and Grain

The grain elevator located at 400 E. Louisiana is one of the oldest buildings in McKinney and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has housed many businesses since it was constructed around 1892.

Located across from the old flour mill, east of square and near the train depot, it opened as the Hill and King Grain Company by Ben Hill and C.M. King.
[1] In 1906, J.W. Webb, a prominent citizen, bought into the business and it became the Hill-Webb Grain Company. It was in continuous operation until a spectacular fire razed it in January of 2008. The elevator was made of heart of pine lumber from East Texas, which was transported on wagons to McKinney.[2] In the 1930’s it was transformed into a feed mill known as the McKinney Elevator Co. It was in continuous operation until a spectacular fire razed it in January of 2008.[3]

McKinney’s cotton-processing structures played a significant role in the town’s history and development during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Much of the area’s vast agricultural potential was realized through the construction and operation of these facilities. Their establishment aided the town’s commercial development because area farmers came to McKinney to sell their crops and then purchased goods at downtown stores. These property types also laid the foundation for the town’s industrial development and supported the establishment of a textile mill.
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TUPPS Brewery Project

In July 2020, TUPPS Brewery announced it will relocate and expand its campus to the historic Mill District of downtown McKinney. The campus will include a tasting taproom in the original grain milling building, a state-of-the-art production facility, retail shopping featuring local craftsmen, and an entertainment venue. The 
McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) and the McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) are contributing to the project.

How will this project benefit the city?

MCDC works in partnership with businesses to promote and fund cultural and economic development projects that maintain and enhance McKinney’s quality of life. The TUPPS Brewery relocation and expansion project is an example of great things that come from collaboration and public-private cooperative efforts.

The TUPPS project, which will rehabilitate and revitalize the former McKinney Grain property, will:

  • Accomplish MCDC strategic goals of fostering the redevelopment of the Downtown Historic Cultural District and East McKinney and creating destination retail, dining, and entertainment.
  • Serve as a catalyst for redevelopment on the east side of the city.
  • Create a world-class cultural and entertainment destination for residents and visitors.
  • Facilitate the growth and expansion of TUPPS Brewery. 

What is the timeline for this project?

The project is expected to break ground in the first quarter of 2021 and be fully completed by the third quarter of 2022.
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[1] Smith, J. Frank. The Democrat (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 7, 1906, newspaper, June 7, 1906; McKinney, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth291945/: accessed November 11, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.
[2] McKinney Feed and Grain | Facebook and McKinney Feed and Grain, 402 E Louisiana St, McKinney, TX (2021) (foodbevg.com)
[3] Historical Agricultural Processing Facilities in Texas (txdot.gov) Pg. 24
[4] a7549700-ead0-4e30-b03f-68bdd5d4b363 (nps.gov) pg. 9
[5] TUPPS Brewery Project | McKinney, TX – Official Website (mckinneytexas.org)