Corsicana in Navarro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Birthplace of the Texas Oil Industry
opened here October 15, 1895.
First successful refinery in Texas
Completed Christmas Day , 1898
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Plaque presented to
The Citizens of Corsicana
Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1864.
Location. 32° 5.364′ N, 96° 27.861′ W. Marker is in Corsicana, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker can be reached from South 12th Street. Located between West 7th Avenue and West 10th Avenue, in Petroleum Industry Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corsicana TX 75110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Magnolia Cannon (a few steps from this marker); The Birthplace of the Petroleum Industry (a few steps from this marker); First Commercial Oil Discovery in Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Welding Shop of H. C. Nicol (within shouting distance of this marker); Collin Street Bakery Capt. Charles Henry Allyn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Johnson-McCammon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Texas Natural Gas Pipelines (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corsicana.
Regarding Birthplace of the Texas Oil Industry. J. S. Cullinan developed one of the first locomotives to use oil products for fuel and instigated the use of oil on dirt streets in Corsicana to prevent dust from rising due to traffic.
The early Corsicana Oil Field led to the use of rotary rigs and added markets for oil. From these developments,especially that of the rotary rig and associated equipment, the technology was available for the subsequent exploitation of the great Spindletop Oil Field near Beaumont, Texas in 1901.
Although it is less familiar to the public than the later, larger fields in Texas, such as the Spindletop Field, East Texas Oil Field, and the Permian Basin Field, the Corsicana Oil Field was the first large field west of the Mississippi River and provided the technology which made later fields possible.
(National Register of Historic Places)
Also see . . . Texas State Historical Association. Corsicana Oilfield is an elliptical-shaped oil and gas producing area located in and around Corsicana in central Navarro County. It is significant because it was the first Texas field to produce oil and gas in important quantities. Between 1896 and January 1, 1993, the field produced nearly 44 million barrels of oil. From 1900 through 1909 gas from the early field supplied fuel for domestic and industrial uses in Corsicana and other Texas cities. (Submitted on October 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3, 4. submitted on October 27, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.