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CORSICANA, TEXAS

Navarro County Seat, North Central Texas
I 45, US 75 and 287
Highway 22 and 31
58 miles SE of Dallas

Population: 24,485 (2000)

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 Corsicana TX Cotton Yard, 1907
Cotton Yards in Corsicana. Postmarked June 1907
Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection
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History in a Pecan Shell

The County was named after Jose Antonio Navarro and the town after his parents' birthplace of Corsica. Navarro was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early Texas Legislator. Other famous sons include "Lefty" Frizzell and Governor Beauford Jester.

Corsicana was one of the first cities in Texas to use natural gas for lighting and fuel. Oil boom occurred years before the famed Spindletop in Beaumont Area.

Corsicana's downtown remains occupied and vibrant. The dates on buildings show a boom period between the end of WWI and the Crash of '28.
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CORSICANA

Soon after Navarro County was created by the Texas Legislature in 1846, a committee was appointed to choose a site for the county seat. The committee selected a 100-acre tract of land that came to be the city of Corsicana. The town was named for Corsica, the homeland of the parents of Texas patriot Jose Antonio Navarro, for whom the county was named.

Corsicana was first governed by a town commission, whose duty was to map the area and sell lots. Early settler Hampton McKinney built a log cabin for his home, which also was used as a school, post office, courthouse, and land office. He also operated the McKinney Tavern, where many early settlers and travelers boarded. Other early Corsicana businesses included a hardware store, carpenter shop, drug store, saddle shop, saloon, and blacksmith shop.

A period of tremendous growth was initiated in 1871 with the coming of the Houston & Central Texas Railroad. The first free public schools were offered during the early 1880s, and the late 19th century saw Corsicana in the midst of an oil boom. The city became a Texas pioneer in commercial oil production and in the use of natural gas for fuel and lighting and continues today as a leader in the area's growth.
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Corsicana Landmarks & Attractions

Navarro County courthouse ,  Corsicana Texas
1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT
Navarro County Courthouse
Corsicana Texas skyscraper
Corsicana City Jail

State National Bank Building

Carnegie Library Mural
Corsicana had a literary magazine in the early 1880s and a Carnegie Library in 1904. While the Carnegie library was razed in 1967, it still lives in the 1998 mural by Brad Smith.
More Corsicana Attractions
  • Collin Street Bakery - Corsicana Fruitcake since 1896
    401 W. 7th Ave. 800-248-3366
  • The Cook Arts, Science and Technology Center
    On Navarro college campus - 3100 West Collin Ave
    800-988-5317, 903-874-1211. Admissions
  • Gaston C. Gooch Library -
    On Navarro college campus - Hwy 31 west of downtown
  • Lefty Frizzell Country Museum Museum - in the Pioneer Village
  • Pioneer Village - Restored and authentically furnished mid-1800s buildings. Projects of Navarro County Historical Society
    912 W. Park Street
    Open Mon - Sat 9 to 5; Sunday 1 - 5. Admissions.

    Nearby Destinations :
  • Navarro Mills Lake
  • Kerens and Malakoff - Take Hwy 31 east 14 miles to Kerens, another 13 miles east to Malakoff.

    Corsicana Tourist Information
    Corsicana Visitor Center
    301 S. Beaton Street Corsicana, Texas 75110
    903.654.4850
    toll-free 877.648.2688
    www.visitcorsicana.com

    Corsicana Chamber of Commerce
    (903) 874-4731, Toll-Free 1-877-376-7477
    http://www.corsicana.org/

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  • Corsicana Chronicles
  • Rope Walker by Dianne West Short
    In the old Hebrew Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas is a headstone with only two words on it, “Rope Walker.” Almost nothing is known of the man in the grave except the manner of his death...
  • Wolf Brand Chili Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
    The famous canned chili, WOLF BRAND, was born in Corsicana
  • Fruitcake Capital Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
  • Dr. pepper painted sign in Corsicana Texas
    Dr. Pepper sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
    Flight training mural, Corsicana Texas
    Flight training mural in Corsicana
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
    Corsicana High school
    Corsicana New Highschool c1911
    Old postcard
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