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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: 23,936 (2010) 24,485 (2000)

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Corsicana Texas - Beaton Street
Beaton Street in 1906
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Corsicana, Texas Topics

  • History
  • Corsicana Landmarks /Attractions / Photo Gallery
  • Corsicana Old Photos & Postcards
  • Corsicana Chronicles
  • Navarro County - Towns, ghost towns, maps... next page
  • History in a Pecan Shell

    Navarro 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
    Corsicana Texas - Navarro County courthouse and Confederate Monument
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Navarro County Courthouse
    Corsicana Texas - Navarro County courthouse & Navarro Statue
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2009
    Jose Antonio Navarro Statue
    Firemen's Statue
    "The Call To Arms" Statue
    Corsicana Texas - State National Bank Building
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    State National Bank Building
    Corsicana Texas - Carnegie Library mural
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Carnegie Library Mural
    More Corsicana Attractions
  • Corsicana City Jail
  • 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.
  • Corsicana Hotels
  • Corsicana Texas - Main Street
    The old Montgomery Ward building
    Intersection of W. 6th Ave. and S. Main St. looking east.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Corsicana Texas - First United Methodist Church
    First United Methodist Church
    N. 15th St. (TX 22) and W. 3rd Ave.
    Built 1896

    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Corsicana Texas - First Baptist Church
    First Baptist Church
    N. 15th St. (TX 22) and W. Collin St.

    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Corsicana Texas - Temple Beth-El
    Temple Beth-El
    S. 15th St. (TX 22) and 7th Ave. (SH 31)
    Built 1900

    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Corsicana Texas - Christian Church
    Christian Church
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    More Texa Churches
    Corsicana Texas -  Palace Theatre
    Palace Theater on W. 6th Ave.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    More Texas Theaters
    Corsicana Texas -  US Post Office
    U.S. Post Office
    S. Main St at W. 6th Ave.

    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Corsicana Texas -  US Post Office
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    More Texas Post Offices | Texas Then & Now
    Corsicana Texas -  First National Bank Building
    First National Bank Building
    S. Beaton St. at W. 6th Ave.
    Built ca.1915
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    More Texas Banks
    Corsicana Texas - Old Dyer's Department Store
    Old Dyer's Department Store
    N. Main St. and W. Collin St.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
    Corsicana TX - Calaboose
    Calaboose
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October, 2009
    Corsicana TX - Calaboose

    Roy's Cafe
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October, 2009
    More Old Neon

    Dr. pepper painted sign in Corsicana Texas
    Dr. Pepper sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
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    Flight training mural, Corsicana Texas
    Flight training mural in Corsicana
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
    Corsicana TX -  Magnolia Cannon
    Magnolia Cannon
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October, 2009
    Corsicana TX -  Magnolia Cannon
    Magnolia Cannon plague
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October, 2009
    Corsicana TX -  Petroleum Industry
    "Birth Place of the Texas Oil Industry"
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October, 2009
    Corsicana Old Photos & Postcards
    Corsicana Texas - Cotton Scene
    Corsicana Cotton Scene
    1913 Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
     Corsicana TX Cotton Yard, 1907
    Cotton Yards in Corsicana. Postmarked June 1907
    Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection
    More Texas Cotton & Cotton Gins
    Corsicana High school
    Corsicana New Highschool c1911
    Old postcard
    Corsicana Texas - High School
    Corsicana New High School
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    Corsicana Texas - High School
    Corsicana High School
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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    Corsicana Texas - Navarro Hotel
    Navarro Hotel
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    More Rooms with a Past
    Corsicana Texas - Elks Club
    Elks Club
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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    Corsicana TX - Armistice Day
    Armistice Day in Corsicana
    Photo courtesy Dianne West Short
    Corsicana TX - May Day Parade
    Corsicana's May Day Parade
    Photo courtesy Dianne West Short
    Corsicana Chronicles

  • Elephantine Memories by Dianne West Short
    Elephants were responsible for several Corsicana tragedies.

  • 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
  • Nearby Destinations:

  • Navarro County - Towns & ghost towns
  • Navarro Mills Lake
  • Kerens and Malakoff - Take Hwy 31 east 14 miles to Kerens, another 13 miles east to Malakoff.
  • Corsicana Hotels

    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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