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Corsicana in Navarro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Corsicana

 
 
Corsicana Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
1. Corsicana Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11604.)
 
Location.
Corsicana Marker at 200 N. 12th Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
2. Corsicana Marker at 200 N. 12th Street
32° 5.613′ N, 96° 28.012′ W. Marker is in Corsicana, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker is on North 12th Street near West 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North 12th Street, Corsicana TX 75110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corsicana Public Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Corsicana City Jail of 1908 (about 300 feet away); Samuel Wistar Johnson, M. D. (about 400 feet away); R.N. White (about 500 feet away); Corsicana Army Airfield (about 600 feet away); Westminster Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); The Call To Arms (about 800 feet away); Henry G. Damon (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corsicana.
 
Also see . . .  The Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, History of Corsicana, Texas. ... By the early 1890s the rapidly expanding city had outgrown its water supply, and the following year civic leaders formed the Corsicana Water Development Company with the aim of tapping a shallow artesian well in the area. Drilling began in the spring of 1894; but instead of water, the company hit a large pocket of oil and gas. ... (Submitted on October 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Corsicana Texas pioneer in commercial oil production, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
3. Corsicana Texas pioneer in commercial oil production, as mentioned
Corsicana image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
4. Corsicana
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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