CORSICANA Population. 24,494 Altitude. 448


Established in 1849, when an early boom touched off a population explosion in 1894 when the city was drilling for water but instead, accidentally struck oil!! one of Texas' first refineries was built here in 1897.

This city was the first in the entire state of Texas to use natural gas for fuel and lighting, and crude oil for locomotive fuel.

Today, Corsicana is a major retail and wholesale center for the rich Blackland agricultural area. In this city one will find a major Municipal park, a public swimming pool,a golf course, and Navarro College,

Corsicana Fruit Cake-

Baked by Collin Street Bakery since 1896 and marketed under the name "Deluxe Cake" is possibly world's most famous! Shipped each year to every state in the nation and more than 190 foreign lands. This is the only fruit cake ever, granted the coveted rare Gourmet Society (New York) Culinary Merit Award. Incidentally, they're available year round ;)
Sold only by mail or at bakery, 401 W. 7th St. For information, call

Gaston C. Gooch Library-

Some 44,000 Indian art and craft pieces. Considered one of the finest exhibits in the Southwest. Open Mon. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. On Navarro College campus, west of downtown on Texas 31.


Bardwell, Cedar Creek, and Navarro Mills, Richland-Chambers.

Lefty Frizzell Country Music Museum-

Dedicated to a local boy who made it big in country/Western music. This museum includes mementos of his music career, including photos, costumes, and records, as well as other recording artists. Near the museum is a life-sized statue of Frizzell in Beauford jester Park. Handprints of Merle Haggard and other singers are in the sidewalk in front of the statue. Museum is open daily in Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village-

Project of Navarro County Historical Society, restorations of houses and buildings from mid-1800s: homes, stores, doctor's office, blacksmith shop, covered wagon, and stagecoach-all restored and furnished in authentic detail. Open Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. I - 5 p.m. 912 W. Park Ave. Admission.


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