McKamy Spring

McKamy Spring (HM2CQW)

Location: Richardson, TX 75081 Dallas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 56.537', W 96° 44.135'

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Before any European or American settlers entered Texas, Native American tribes passed through the Richardson area and likely camped around what is now known as McKamy Spring. These tribes met with settlers, one of the friendliest being the Yoiuane (later absorbed by the Tonkawa). Comanche, Kiowa, Kickapoo, Seminoles and Cherokee around north Texas may have also used McKamy Spring, one of the few natural above ground springs still in existence in the area. The early American settlement of Breckenridge, which preceded Richardson, made frequent use of the spring then known as Bowser Spring. After a railroad line was built nearby, Breckenridge faded away as the new town of Richardson was built closer to the railroad. By 1925, the town became officially incorporated with Thomas McKamy as its first mayor.


Thomas Franklin McKamy was born in Carrollton in 1889. His family owned and operated a drug and general merchandise store in Richardson. After his father's death in 1907, McKamy and his brother took over the business. McKamy expanded into ownership of other businesses in the area. McKamy came to serve various positions in the local government, including mayor. He drew from Bowser Spring to supply water to the drills in constructing wells and water systems in the town. The spring also supplied water for machinery in the construction



of the US Highway 75 Central Expressway. He later purchased the land around the spring and built a home there in 1953. The spring became renamed as McKamy Spring, and Thomas McKamy himself placed a marker there to acknowledge the original Native Americans who likely used the spring.
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HM NumberHM2CQW
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Year Placed2015
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 711692 N 3647164
Decimal Degrees32.94228333, -96.73558333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 56.537', W 96° 44.135'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 56' 32.22" N, 96° 44' 8.0999999999999" W
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Area Code(s)214, 972, 817, 915, 469
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 644 Brick Row, Richardson TX 75081, US
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