7546 Oak Street

Baccus HouseErasmus Dow Baccus was born in 1857 around the area of Rowlett Creek, about 4 miles east of present day Frisco. His family came to Collin County in 1844 before the Republic of Texas joined the United States as the 28th state. His grandfather, Jacob Baccus, cast the deciding vote in 1846 making McKinney the county seat of Collin County. As a young man, Dow spent some time ranching in west Texas and it is supposed that on one of these trips he met his wife, Winola Belle Mitchell whose family ran a halfway house on the Butterfield Stage route. Dow and Winola married in 1882 and purchased 160 acres in Collin County and brought in their first crop.

On April 17, 1905 the Baccus family purchased three acres from the Blackland Townsite Company and built this home. Dow personally selected the lumber that was used to build this home with cypress siding and four fireplaces that burned coal. The original mantles remain and many of the original windows still function in the house. This home has many characteristics of the Greek revival style.

Dow Baccus served as the mayor of Frisco twice, in 1911 and again in 1916.