Saloon Tour - Elm Saloon

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The Elm Saloon was located on the east side of McDonald Street. To see the historical marker, visit 346 Virginia Street.

There are many stories about notorious gangs and outlaws making their way through McKinney. According to the Democrat Newspaper we have a confirmed story from October 13, 1884 which stated that Frank James, who was a brother of Jessie James, the leader of the James gang, was visiting the Elm Saloon. He got into an “altercation” with an unidentified old man. Frank---instead of shooting him---hit him with a spittoon which caused several deep gashes on his head and neck. Frank waited and was arrested by Deputy Marshall Wycoff. Frank figured that it was better to be arrested---than hung!


06 - Frank James Story.mp3


McKinney Public Library System Staff, “Saloon Tour - Elm Saloon,” McKinney Public Library Digital History, accessed February 28, 2024,