Historic Concrete Silos and Grain Elevator

The origins of the silos and grain elevator trace back to the Collin County Mill & Elevator Co. and the 1870s when M.C. Burns and his son J. Perry Burns operated a flour mill just outside of McKinney. In 1892, they purchased a mill close to the silo site. The red brick millhouse was built in 1914 and the grain elevators and 100-foot concrete silos were erected in 1927, near the intersection of East Virginia and Main streets. The millhouse closed in the 1970s, but the grain elevator continued to operate as a feed mill until summer 2020.[1]

The city of McKinney plans to use the silos as a backdrop for the new Municipal Community Complex.

“Not only will this mural be one of the largest works in North Texas, but the international reputation of the artist helps build an attraction that spotlights our community,” said Amy Rosenthal, director of the McKinney Performing Arts Center and McKinney Main Street, in the release. “It serves as a catalyst for development in a section of our downtown rich with cultural history and helps increase the visibility of our own local artists.” [2]


“The city of McKinney recently announced that a contract has been signed with Australian-based artist Guido van Helten to transform the 100-feet-tall historic concrete silos and grain elevator in the Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District.” [3]


To read more about the project visit https://www.mckinneytexas.org/926/Silo-Mural-Project.