A walk through downtown Corsicana is a walk through history. The classic features of its original brick streets blend in with new attractions of neighborhood restaurants, entertainment, antique shopping, and loft apartment living, creating a community feel all its own. With room to expand, new businesses can take advantage of the vibrant downtown activity and current development incentives.
Designated an official "Texas Main Street City" in 1985, the Corsicana Main Street Program works to assist in the revitalization of the downtown area through the use of historic preservation and economic development strategies.
Corsicana Visitor Center
The Corsicana Visitor Center is housed inside a beautifully restored 1895 railroad freight office, located at the intersection of Beaton Street and Seventh Avenue (Hwy. 31). Stop by or visit us at www.visitcorsicana.com for an online, interactive visitor guide, or call toll free (877) 648-2688 to request a complimentary copy by mail.
Corsicana was established in 1848 to serve as the seat of government for Navarro County, which the first Texas Legislature had created two years earlier. When asked what the new town should be called, Texas patriot and county namesake Jose Antonio Navarro replied "Call it Corsicana after the island of Corsica, the birthplace of my father."
In 1894, oil was discovered by accident only blocks from Corsicana's business district as drillers were completing an artesian well to expand the city's water supply. Within six years, 500 wells operating within the city limits were producing 800,000 barrels of crude annually, making Corsicana the site of the first commercial oil field in Texas. Today, 25,000 residents of Corsicana take great pride in their rich history.