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

Collin Street Bakery

 
 
Collin Street Bakery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
1. Collin Street Bakery Marker
Inscription. Opened two blocks north of this site in 1896, by August Weidmann, an immigrant baker from Wiesbaden, Germany, and W. T. McElwee, a local cotton buyer. Combining the talents of a baker whose pride and joy was baking a better cake with the flare of a man whose business ability had a touch of the sensational was a move that resulted in a most unusual and successful business enterprise. One of Weidmann's few assets was an unknown cake recipe. This was to become the famous original "deluxe fruitcake," today shipped to every state in the United States and to many foreign countries. McElwee, a lover of sports and the theatre, built a rooming house over the bakery in 1906, and invited visiting baseball players, circus performers and vaudeville troupes to stay there. Soon guests were having fruitcakes shipped to friends in remote places. Employees at the bakery during this era recall visits from Will Rogers, Enrico Caruso, John J. McGraw, "Gentlemen Jim" Corbett and many other celebrities. They also recall the day the great circus showman, John Ringling, and many of his famous performers stopped in an ordered Christmas cakes sent to their many friends in distant lands.
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11601.)
 
Location.
Collin Street Bakery along West 7th Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
2. Collin Street Bakery along West 7th Street
The DeLuxe® Texas Fruitcake or Pecan Cake you order today is still baked true to the Old-World recipe brought to Corsicana, Texas from Wiesbaden, Germany in 1896 by master baker Gus Weidmann.
32° 5.83′ N, 96° 27.667′ W. Marker is in Corsicana, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker is on West 7th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located between East 3rd and 5th Avenues. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 West 7th Street, Corsicana TX 75110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Emerson Whiteselle (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Corsicana Newspapers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alexander Beaton (approx. ¼ mile away); The Molloy Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); State National Bank of Corsicana (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Merchants Opera House (approx. 0.3 miles away); R.N. White (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry G. Damon (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corsicana.
 
Also see . . .  About Collin Street Bakery. For true fruitcake connoisseurs, 1896 was a banner year for it marked the first year of the Original DeLuxe®, "that famous Corsicana, Texas Fruitcake." (Submitted on November 27, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Collin Street Bakery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
3. Collin Street Bakery and Marker
Collin Street Bakery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
4. Collin Street Bakery and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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