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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Corsicana, Texas

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Corsicana is the county seat for Navarro County
Corsicana is in Navarro County
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1 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 15954 — 15th Texas Infantry Companies E and G
Several communities in Navarro County organized military units that saw action in the Civil War. Company E of the 15th Texas Infantry was formed on April 16, 1862, when two squads were combined into one unit under the leadership of Captain Joshua . . . Map (db m60758) HM
2 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — Air Activities of Texas Corsicana Field
Prior to the United States' entry into World War II, the U.S. government contracted with a number of civilian flying schools to assist in training military pilots for the Army Air Corps. In December 1940 the air activities of Texas, Corsicana . . . Map (db m118349) HM
3 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 8273 — Alexander Beaton(February 19, 1820 - June 11,1899)
A native of Scotland, Alexander Beaton came to the United States in 1843. He migrated to Texas in 1848 after serving in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War. In 1850 he settled in Corsicana and began the practice of law. He was chairman of the . . . Map (db m60493) HM
4 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11641 — Alva Everett Taylor(July 19, 1891-Dec. 8, 1965)
Grassroots researcher-writer and historical preservationist whose work led to development of this pioneer village. Born near Dawson (10 miles Southwest), Taylor attended Baylor University (1911-13), married Maud Stockard (1914), and was . . . Map (db m60495) HM
5 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — Birthplace of the Texas Oil Industry
First important oil field in Texas opened here October 15, 1895. First successful refinery in Texas Completed Christmas Day , 1898 — • — Plaque presented to The Citizens of Corsicana by the Texas Mid-Continent Oil and . . . Map (db m60492) HM
6 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — Birthsite of Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949)Governor of Texas (1947-1949)
Chief executive when significant Gilmer-Aikin law was passed raising standards of public education in Texas. His administration also made strides toward prison reform, water control, improved public roads. Jester was born at family home in . . . Map (db m60501) HM
7 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 8283 — Campbell-Elrod Cemetery
Land for this cemetery was given to the Harmony Methodist Church in 1855 by Navarro County pioneer David Wilson Campbell. Ten acres were donated to the church trustees, with part to be set aside as a graveyard and known as Campbell Cemetery. David . . . Map (db m217629) HM
8 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 6226 — Capt. Charles Henry Allyn
New York native Charles Henry Allyn (1842-1918) came to Texas in 1868, after having served as a captain in the Union army during the Civil War. Capt. Allyn arrived in Corsicana with his wife, Angela (Aldrich), in 1871. As a Corsicana businessman, . . . Map (db m201818) HM
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9 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11601 — Collin Street Bakery
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 . . . Map (db m61391) HM
10 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11649 — Colonel Clinton McKamey Winkler(October 19, 1821--May 13, 1882)
   Eminent judge, for whom a Texas county was named. Born in North Carolina. Settled in 1840 in the Republic of Texas. Admitted to the Bar (1843), he served 1847- 49 in 2nd Texas Legislature. Raising 150 men for Hood's Brigade, he served . . . Map (db m62207) HM
11 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7231 — Colonel Roger Q. Mills(1832-1911)
Born in Kentucky. Came to Texas 1849. Civic and political leader. Represented Navarro County in Legislature, 1859-60. Joined in call for State Secession Convention, 1861. Joined 3rd Texas Cavalry. Later a colonel in 10th Texas Infantry. Wounded in . . . Map (db m60954) HM
12 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11604 — 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 . . . Map (db m60061) HM
13 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — Corsicana Army Airfield Reported missing
Air Activities of Texas Corsicana Army Airfield Corsicana, Texas 1940- 1944 301st Army Air Force Flying Training Detachment Primary Flight Training Produced numerous combat flying aces WW II Civilian Operators and . . . Map (db m61628) WM
14 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11606 — Corsicana City Jail of 1908
The city's first brick jail, this structure was erected in 1908 adjacent to the city hall on a lot purchased from Rebecca A. Croft, widow of Judge William Croft. On the lower floor were cells and on the top floor the police chief's office, occupied . . . Map (db m60500) HM
15 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 15928 — Corsicana Hebrew Cemetery
This burial ground has served the Jewish residents in Corsicana since the late 1800s. The first Jewish settlers in the community came here in 1871, when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad extended it’s line from Houston to Corsicana en . . . Map (db m62445) HM
16 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11605 — Corsicana in 1860-1872
A center of patriotism especially committed to the Southern cause. After the Nov. 1860 presidential election, citizens lowered the Stars and Stripes and ran up the Texas flag on the Courthouse. Early in 1861 influential men beat drums on the Square . . . Map (db m61783) HM
17 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11607 — Corsicana Newspapers
   The first newspaper in Navarro County, called the "Prairie Blade," began publication in 1855 and was owned by Dan Donaldson. By 1859 the paper was owned by R. A. Van Horn who changed its name to the "Navarro Express." Paper was in short supply . . . Map (db m61921) HM
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18 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11608 — Corsicana Public Library
The women's clubs of Corsicana were instrumental in opening the city's first public library in 1901 at West 6th and Main St. The city created a library board in 1904 and secured a construction grant from the Carnegie Corporation the . . . Map (db m60499) HM
19 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7232 — David Reed Mitchell
David Reed Mitchell, born in 1797 in North Carolina, arrived in Robertson County, Texas, in 1845. He was a surveyor by trade, and had surveyed the upper Trinity and Brazos River areas in 1844. He became surveyor of the Robertson County Land . . . Map (db m62464) HM
20 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 8284 — David Wilson Campbell(May 4, 1812 - April 4, 1879)
A native of Georgia, David Wilson Campbell migrated to Texas in 1835. He served in the Texas Army the following year during the Texas War for Independence. A pioneer farmer in Navarro County, he gave ten acres of land to the Harmony Methodist Church . . . Map (db m217630) HM
21 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11618 — Dunn-Ransom Home
A native of Kentucky, Ewing Eric Dunn (1835-1917) came to Texas in 1850. He served as Navarro County deputy sheriff, 1854-1858, and joined the Confederate army during the Civil War. In 1866 he built the first portion of this frame house. . . . Map (db m60840) HM
22 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7196 — Early Texas Natural Gas Pipelines
First public use of natural gas began in Texas in 1902, from transmission lines on this street, serving local homes and businesses. These early lines were forerunners of mains that now transport Texas gas to three-fourths of the United States and . . . Map (db m61400) HM
23 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7192 — Fire Station No. 2
The Corsicana Volunteer Fire Department was organized in December 1879, with J. J. Strupper as chief. Volunteer fire fighters carried buckets before acquiring hand-and horse-drawn equipment. Fire Station Number One, located at city hall, was first . . . Map (db m62120) HM
24 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7193 — First Baptist Church of Corsicana
   Originally known as the United Baptist Church, this fellowship was established through the leadership of the Rev. Noah Turner Byars, a pioneer preacher and founder of the Trinity River Baptist Association. The church organizational meeting was . . . Map (db m61358) HM
25 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — First Commercial Oil Discovery in Texas
This pipe denotes the location of the successful water well that led to the oil discovery (Upside down text) This pipe denotes the location of the first commercial oil discovery in Texas Map (db m60868) HM
26 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7198 — First Methodist Church
Founded 1851; sanctuary built 1871 was not yet consecrated when State Democratic Convention met here 1872 and laid plans to free Texas from Reconstruction rule. First missionary society west of the Mississippi organized here, 1880. H. A. Boaz, . . . Map (db m61135) HM
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27 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11610 — Former Homesite of Joseph S. CullinanPioneer in Texas Oil
At age 14 Joseph S. Cullinan (1860-1937) began his career as a laborer in the Pennsylvania oilfields. After the Corsicana oil discovery in 1894, Cullinan played a major role in the early development of the field. A daring business leader, he moved . . . Map (db m63417) HM
28 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11615 — Frank Neal Drane(1862-1938)
A Navarro County native, Frank Neal Drane married Florence A. Bingham in 1885 and had two children. He ran a hardware store with his father before becoming president of City National Bank. In 1901 Drane formed the Corsicana Power and Light . . . Map (db m62369) HM
29 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — From Steam to Electric Rail
In 1912, J.F. Strickland extended his passenger rail interurban service from Dallas to Corsicana. This established the Southern Traction Company, a sister company of the Texas Traction company. The company was already providing service from . . . Map (db m167989) HM
30 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11634 — George Washington Shelton(Jan. 12, 1814 - Nov. 15, 1882)
A Texas War for Independence soldier. Born in Virginia. Lived in Tennessee, where he joined 15 other recruits late in 1835 to come to Texas and fight against dictator Santa Anna. Served Jan. 14 to Sept. 18, 1836. Was awarded two land bounties for . . . Map (db m62677) HM
31 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11611 — Henry G. Damon(1846-1918)
Born in Florida, Henry Damon served in the Confederate army and was taken prisoner during the Civil War. After moving to Corsicana in 1873, Damon became a lawyer and established the Texas Loan Agency with his partner, businessman W. R. Bright. . . . Map (db m62614) HM
32 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — IOOF Home Memorial Bell Tower
Erected A.D. 1987 By the Ex-Students Association to commemorate the hundreds of students who lived, studied and prepared for adulthood near this site, and to honor the Odd Fellows and Rebekas of Texas who made our home . . . Map (db m62810) HM
33 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 12544 — James Clinton Neill
Born in 1790 in North Carolina, James Clinton Neill came to Texas in 1831 with Stephen F. Austin's third colony. He settled in Milam County, and represented his neighbors at the Convention of 1833. On September 28, 1835, Neill entered the Texas Army . . . Map (db m63149) HM
34 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11647 — James Emerson Whiteselle
Born in Tennessee on December 31, 1851, James Emerson Whiteselle moved to Texas in 1870 to work in the lumber company of his uncle P. W. Ezell. In 1875 he began working in the local Carruthers Lumber Company which he later owned. Under his . . . Map (db m62898) HM
35 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7220 — Johnson-McCammon House
This house was built in 1883 for the family of Ebenezer Wiley Johnson, a prominent local citizen. Originally built in the Second Empire architectural style, it was altered to a classical revival appearance after 1922 by Johnson's daughter and . . . Map (db m60926) HM
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36 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7237 — Jose Antonio Navarro
Lover of liberty. Foe of despotism. Born in San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 1795. Died January 13, 1871 and buried there. Member of the Legislature of Coahuila and Texas, 1821; land commissioner of De Witt's colony 1831 and of Bexar District, . . . Map (db m62998) HM
37 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 8282 — Judge John S. Callicutt(September 4, 1863 - May 8, 1944)
John Spencer Callicutt moved to Corsicana in 1886 and opened his law practice. As an active member of the community, Callicutt served on the founding board of the county hospital, as well as the boards of Central State Bank and other businesses. A . . . Map (db m63571) HM
38 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7225 — Lemon-Edens House
Corsicana resident A. L. Lemon built this home in 1895 of Louisiana cypress. In 1902 it was sold to John Wesley Edens. The owner of 2400 acres of local farm and ranch land, Edens had served the area as deputy sheriff, tax collector, and city . . . Map (db m63599) HM
39 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — Magnolia Cannon
  Fires were a major concern of oil fields. This cannon stood at the Magnolia Petroleum tank farm in Corsicana. It was used to shoot a hole in the bottom of the cyprus tanks if lightning struck. The oil would drain into a pit . . . Map (db m61761) HM
40 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7235 — Navarro County
Formed from Robertson County Created April 25, 1846 Organized July 13, 1846 Named in honor of Jose Antonio Navarro 1795-1871 Soldier, patriot and statesman, Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Member of the Texas . . . Map (db m152966) HM
41 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7236 — Navarro County Courthouse
Navarro County was created in 1846 by an act of the first Texas Legislature. It was named for early statesman Jose Antonio Navarro (1795-1871), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The first county seat was established at the home of . . . Map (db m62139) HM
42 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — Navarro County World War Memorial
1914       1918 In Memory Of The Men Of Navarro County Texas Who Lost Their Lives In The World War Charles B. Johnson        Lewis Wiggins Isaiah D. Adams           James O. Johnson Perry A. Allison          William V. Keel . . . Map (db m63941) WM
43 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 13910 — Navarro Rifles
   During the Civil War, the Navarro Rifles were an infantry company comprised of approximately 87 men from Navarro and surrounding counties. The group formed in Corsicana in July 1861 to join the army of the Confederate States of America. . . . Map (db m62268) HM
44 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7241 — Odd Fellow and Rebekah Children's Home
In 1885 the Grand Lodge of Texas, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, founded the I. O. O. F. Widows and Orphans Home, one of the first fraternal orphanages in the state. Corsicana Lodge No. 63 and other local citizens gave 200 acres as a site for the . . . Map (db m63600) HM
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45 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7239 — Old Welding Shop of H. C. Nicol(1892-1963)
Expert with acetylene torch, Nicol is remembered as first welder operating in the Navarro County oil fields, which opened 1894. He began work about 1912, at a time when he had to mix own welding chemicals. In addition he pioneered welding of cast . . . Map (db m60912) HM
46 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 15696 — Pinkston
   The land on which the Pinkston Community would be established was owned by Doctor Alexander Colvin Sloan, who was born in 1843 in Montgomery, Alabama. He served in the Civil War and around 1870 migrated to Navarro County. In 1887, he sold . . . Map (db m62239) HM
47 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11646 — R.N. WhiteFirst County Clerk First Corsicana Postmaster
A native of South Carolina, Robert Newton White (1810-1891) moved his family to this area in 1845. One year later Navarro County was created and White was elected the first County clerk, a position he held for ten years. During that time he . . . Map (db m63721) HM
48 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7230 — Roger Q. Mills Home
Outstanding example plantation architecture. Was long the home of U. S. Senator Roger Quarles Mills (1832-1911). Born in Kentucky, Mills came to Corsicana in 1852. Was colonel in Civil War; served Texas 27 years as congressman, senator. Married: . . . Map (db m61549) HM
49 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7221 — Samuel Wistar Johnson, M. D.(1853-1922)
A native of Georgia, Samuel W. Johnson established his first medical practice in Atlanta. After moving to Texas and settling in Corsicana, he became a respected community physician and was elected mayor in 1900. During his term in office the public . . . Map (db m61224) HM
50 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7229 — Site of Merchants Opera House
At this site in 1891, a group of businessmen built a three-story structure to replace the small Corsicana Opera House above city hall. The Merchants Opera House had stores and offices on the first two floors and a balconied auditorium on the top . . . Map (db m61874) HM
51 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 14078 — Site of The First Courthouse
The Texas Legislature specified that the seat of Navarro County should be called Corsicana; but the location was not secured until 1848 when this site was donated by David R. Mitchel, James C. Neill, and Thomas Smith. Other structures served briefly . . . Map (db m61330) HM
52 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11636 — Smith-McCrery Home
Built in 1880, this house originally was the residence of Dr. John R. Smith, who served as the mayor of Corsicana from 1883 until 1885. During his term of office, Smith organized the volunteer fire department and helped Navarro County set up a poor . . . Map (db m61583) HM
53 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11632 — St. John's Episcopal Church
This church was established in 1871 following Episcopal missionary efforts which began in the Corsicana area in the 1850s. Started as a mission, St. John's was organized under the leadership of the Rev. Virginius Gee. In 1874 the first church . . . Map (db m61206) HM
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54 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11639 — State National Bank of Corsicana
Organized in 1917 by B. B. Munsey, G. C. Dunn, P. D. Williams, and E. L. Dupuy, the State National Bank originally was located just off the southwest corner of Collin and Beaton streets. Munsey served as the institution's first president. He was . . . Map (db m61000) HM
55 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11620 — Stephen Augustus Pace(September 19, 1848 - March 1, 1921)
Stephen Augustus Pace came to Texas in 1868. He settled first in Fairfield, where he met and married Achsah Maddox. They moved to Corsicana in 1871. Pace established a wholesale grocery business and was active in a number of civic organizations. He . . . Map (db m60999) HM
56 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11640 — Tatum Home
Built before 1900 by William M. Tatum, son of a Corsicana pioneer merchant, this colonial revival style mansion features first-floor palladian windows. Massive Ionic columns support the two-story porch. Tatum's son Clifford A., who later took over . . . Map (db m60998) HM
57 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11642 — Temple Beth-El
The earliest Jewish settlers in Corsicana arrived in 1871, the year rail lines were built to the area. In 1898 a group of reformed Jews established Temple Beth-El. Two years later they built this house of worship, which features two distinctive . . . Map (db m61790) HM
58 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11622 — The Birthplace of the Petroleum Industry
West of the Mississippi River, in this well, drilled by H. G. Johnston, E. H. Akin, and Charles Rittersbacher under contract for a water well for the city of Corsicans in 1894, the first oil in commercial quantities in the . . . Map (db m60000) HM
59 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — The Call To ArmsConfederate Civil War Memorial
(On plaque on south side of base:) The Call to Arms Erected 1907 by Navarro chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy To commemorate the valor and heroism of our Confederate Soldiers It is not in the power of mortals to command success . . . Map (db m61945) WM
60 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 7233 — The Molloy Hotel
In 1874, three years after the rail line was laid through Corsicana, lawyer Henry Molloy (1829-1913) had a one-story hotel built to accommodate businessmen and other travelers. Molloy added the second story in 1881. Over the years, the building came . . . Map (db m60601) HM
61 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11631 — The Rosenberg Family
Ben Rosenberg (1862-1929) emigrated from Poland to the United States about 1882. After living several years in Waco, he settled in Corsicana about 1890. Rosenberg soon became the proprietor of the Cotton Exchange Saloon and in 1902 opened the . . . Map (db m60582) HM
62 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11637 — Thomas Ingles Smith
Thomas Ingles Smith was born in 1800 in Virginia and was a soldier in the War of 1812 in a company commanded by his father, General Bird B. Smith. Smith arrived in Texas late in 1836, and soon enlisted in the Republic of Texas army under Gen . . . Map (db m60599) HM
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63 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11645 — Westminster Presbyterian Church
On May 16, 1853, the Reverend John Patton and about 20 Cumberland Presbyterians formed the first organized church in Corsicana. Other Presbyterians organized later: The First Church, U. S., in 1868; and an Associate Reformed Church (1895) that in . . . Map (db m60058) HM
64 Texas, Navarro County, Corsicana — 11651 — YMCA of Corsicana
The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Corsicana was organized in 1884 and was one of only two YMCAs in the state at that time. E. W. (Wiley) Johnson served as first president of the organization that met in a room over the First National . . . Map (db m59697) HM
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May. 31, 2023