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CORRIGAN, TEXAS

Polk County, East Texas
Highways 59 and 287
FM 352 and FM 942
6 miles N or Moscow
25 miles N of Livingston
100 miles N of Houston
Population: 1,887 est. (2007) 1,764 (2000)

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Corrigan Texas old water tower
Corrigan's old water tower
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, June 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

Although settled earlier, Corrigan didn't get a jump start until the arrival of the Houston, East and West Texas Railway in 1881. Pat Corrigan, conductor on the first train to arrive was given the honor of having the town named after him.

The Trinity and Sabine Railway arrived the following year. Having two railroads were a boon to area lumber companies, and in the early 1880s there were as many as seventeen sawmills operating in the vicinity. A post office was granted in 1883. By 1900, Corrigan's population was a respectable 461 residents.

Corrigan had a bottling works, stone quarries, sand pits, and of course, cotton. This diversified economy buoyed Corrigan through the hard times when the mills shut down. After the timber was nearly exhausted, particleboard plants appeared after WWII.


The population reached just over 1,400 in the early 1950s, but declined to less than a thousand by 1960. It has since increased to over 1,700.

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Babe Ruth in East Texas by Bob Bowman
Imagine, if you can, baseball slugger Babe Ruth walking around a field and shoveling cow manure. In 1923, Ruth joined fellow baseball players for a series of exhibition games in Texas, including three which were played at Corrigan, 22 miles north of Livingston, in a pasture owned by Mrs. P.B. Maxey...
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