I 45, US 75 and 287
Highway 22 and 31
58 miles SE of Dallas
Population: 24,485 (2000)
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
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.
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.
Landmarks & Attractions
Photo courtesy TXDoT
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
On Navarro college campus - Hwy 31 west of downtown
Country Museum Museum - in the 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 :
and Malakoff - Take Hwy 31
east 14 miles to Kerens, another 13 miles east to Malakoff.
Corsicana Visitor Center
301 S. Beaton Street Corsicana, Texas 75110
Corsicana Chamber of Commerce
(903) 874-4731, Toll-Free 1-877-376-7477
Hotel Here > Corsicana
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
Capital Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
mural in Corsicana
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, July 2005
New Highschool c1911
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