Corsicana History

  • The 1902 Corsicana Oilers of the Texas League won 27 consecutive professional baseball games – a record that stood 85 years until the Salt Lake City Trappers of the Pioneer League broke it in 1987.
  • Corsicana was given its name by Jose Antonio Navarro, a hero of the fight for Texas independence. He said, “Call the town Corsicana after Corsica the island of my father’s birth.”
  • Petroleum Park, two blocks south of downtown, marks the spot of the Texas’ first commercial discovery of oil in 1894.
  • Lyman T. Davis founded Wolf Brand Chili in 1895 near the corner of Beaton Street and Fifth Avenue.
  • Five residences designed by noted architect David R. Williams can be found within the city limits.
  • The rotary rig that drilled Corsicana’s first well in 1894 is on display at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of History and Technology.
  • The Texas Electric Interurban Railway operated up to 12 daily round trips between Dallas and Corsicana from 1913 to 1941.
  • Hickie #1 (ca. 1896), the oldest continuously producing oil well in the State of Texas, is located inside the city limits.
  • Early railway travel logs document the arrival of Phillip and Alex Sanger who opened their first Sanger Brothers Company clothing store in Corsicana. Sanger-Harris, as the venture came to be known, eventually split into Macy’s and Foley’s department stores.