- Corsicana, Texas
Corsicana, Texas — City — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State Texas County Navarro Government - Type Council-Manager - City Council Mayor Randall Hollomon
- City Manager Connie Standridge Area - Total 21.7 sq mi (56.2 km2) - Land 20.7 sq mi (53.7 km2) - Water 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2) Elevation 443 ft (135 m) Population (2000) - Total 24,485 - Density 1,180.4/sq mi (455.8/km2) Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6) - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5) ZIP codes 75109, 75110, 75151 Area code(s) 903 FIPS code 48-17060 GNIS feature ID 1333395 Website ci.Corsicana.TX.us
Corsicana is a city in Navarro County, Texas, United States. It is located on Interstate 45 some fifty-five miles south of downtown Dallas. The population was 24,485 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Navarro County.
Women's' groups have had a strong role throughout the history of the city, with one of the earliest efforts being the establishment of the Corsicana Female Literary Institute, a school which operated from 1857 through 1870. The first public library in Corsicana opened in 1901 by effort of the women's' clubs of the city. A 1905 library gift by Andrew Carnegie gave the library a permanent home and its first full-time, professionally trained librarian. The library today is housed in a dedicated building downtown and boasts more than 52,283 books, 6,306 audio materials, 783 video materials, and 122 serial subscriptions.
The Corsicana Jewish community dates from 1871; while there are few Jewish residents of Corsicana today, the Historical Society has restored the 1898 Moorish Revival Temple Beth-El, Corsicana, now used as a community center.
The Corsicana YMCA was founded in 1884, and has grown with patron funding facilitated by local community leaders over 125 years, including in its earliest days George Taylor Jester (1847–1922), a wealthy dry goods and cotton distributor, later banker and lieutenant governor of Texas.
The Corsicana oil field was accidentally discovered in 1894 by water prospectors hired by the Corsicana Water Development authority. It was the first commercially significant oilfield find in Texas. An even larger oil field, the Powell oil field, was discovered in 1923, some ten miles east of Corsicana. Another significant area oil and gas find occurred in 1956. Each oil and gas discovery brought a renewed development boom to the city.
Arts and entertainment
Today's downtown supports an active performing arts community, with year-round live theater, art exhibits, and music performances in a corner of downtown anchored by the Warehouse Living Arts Center and the Palace Theater.
Downtown also features the historic State National Bank building (built in 1926), several coffeeshops and eateries, an art gallery and several bric-à-brac outlets, and many brick-faced storefronts of historical interest.
There is also a popular green park a short walk from the county courthouse downtown, with meandering creeks, walking, jogging and bike trails, lighted tennis courts, a children's play area with a retired fire truck, spray park, and designated skate area. At one end of the community park is the town YMCA, with a year-round indoor pool, basketball courts, cardio- and free-weight equipment, and instructor-led fitness workshops.
The town also has several museums: Pioneer Village, located by Jester Park, offers reconstructed buildings and artifacts from the early historical period of the area, as well as a museum to Lefty Frizzell, a Nashville singer born in town during the late 1920s.
The Cook Education Center, located on the Navarro College campus, is a multi-facted venue offering event space, gift shop, a planetarium, Civil War museum, and Western Art gallery. The planetarium is among the largest in Texas featuring a 60-foot dome and 200 seats. The planetarium offers narrated astronomical shows and 70mm film for nominal admission. The center is also home to the Pearce Collections Museum which boasts a collection of Civil War memorabilia and a Western Art gallery featuring a number of renowned western artists. The Cook Education Center hosts the annual Navarro College Foundation fundraiser Elegance which benefits scholarship programs for Navarro College students.
The Cinemark multi-screen theater on Seventh Avenue offers first-run movies with state-of-the-art digital projection and sound equipment at bargain prices.
The Navarro College Performing Arts Department stages several musical recitals and two staged plays a year at the Dawson Auditorium on the west side of town.
The Navarro County Exposition Center on West State Highway 22 hosts an indoor soccer league and many horse shows year-round.
Corsicana is located at .(32.092480, -96.469407)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.7 square miles (56 km2), of which, 20.7 square miles (54 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is water. The total area is 4.42% water.
Corsicana is home to the Lake Halbert dam and recreational park, and is less than fifteen miles from Richland Chambers Reservoir, with recreational fishing, public boat ramps, and 330 miles of treed and green shorelines. Richland Chambers Reservoir is the third-largest lake by surface area and the eighth-largest reservoir by water volume in Texas.
Corsicana rainfall averages 39.5 inches per year. Leafy oak, pecan, magnolia, and walnut trees are common, and grasses grow tall and green. Rain is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, with small wetter peaks in May and October.
Corsicana is best known as the home of the Collin Street Bakery, which has been making fruitcakes since 1896. Oil City Iron Works, Inc., today a ductile and gray iron foundry, was started in 1866 to make parts for the owner's cotton gin. Wolf Brand Chili, a national brand named for the owner's pet wolf, Kaiser Bill, started in 1895 as a downtown by-the-bowl lunch wagon.
Today's economy shows little reliance on oil and gas. Major employers include Russell Stover Candies and Collin Street Bakery, Guardian Industries (glass), Corsicana Bedding, the Kohl's and Home Depot distribution centers, Navarro Regional hospital (160+ beds), Trinity/Mother Francis Health System, and the Texas State Home. There are several 24/7 pharmacies, grocery stores, and chain department stores scattered about the town. College Park Mall is an enclosed shopping mall which primarily houses a Beall's clothing store. Additionally, a 24-hour Wal-Mart Supercenter can be found on the southwestern edge of the town.
Corsicana was also the home of the coin-arcade and video game company, Tradewest, founded in 1986. Tradewest was known for such Nintendo Entertainment System classics as Double Dragon and Battletoads. Tradewest later became Williams Entertainment (known for the Mortal Kombat series) in 1994, then Midway Home Entertainment after an acquisition from WMS Industries. The Corsicana offices were closed by Midway in late 2002.
Corsicana is home to Navarro College, which offers Associate degrees and is also a satellite facility of Texas A&M University-Commerce, through which students can receive bachelor's and graduate degrees.
The Corsicana Independent School District (CISD) has an enrollment of over 5,700 students. Five Corsicana Independent School District schools have been lauded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as Recognized campuses in the ratings released recently.
Bowie, Fannin, Carroll and Navarro Elementaries and Drane Intermediate School all achieved Recognized status.
Collins Middle School and Corsicana High School were rated Academically Acceptable by the TEA. The Corsicana ISD received Academically Acceptable status from the state.
Corsicana also has one private school, James L. Collins Catholic School, for grades K-8. Founded in 1953 by a bequest from its namesake benefactor, the school today has an enrollment of 270 students.
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 1870 80 — 1880 3,373 4,116.3% 1890 6,285 86.3% 1900 9,313 48.2% 1910 9,749 4.7% 1920 11,356 16.5% 1930 15,202 33.9% 1940 15,232 0.2% 1950 19,211 26.1% 1960 20,344 5.9% 1970 19,972 −1.8% 1980 21,712 8.7% 1990 22,911 5.5% 2000 24,485 6.9% Est. 2008 26,459 8.1%
As of the census of 2000, there were 24,485 people, 8,762 households, and 5,966 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,180.4 people per square mile (455.8/km²). There were 9,552 housing units at an average density of 460.5 per square mile (177.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.28% White, 23.59% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.47% Pacific Islander, 13.64% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.47% of the population.
There were 8,762 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,203, and the median income for a family was $33,078. Males had a median income of $27,516 versus $19,844 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,001. About 17.4% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.4% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.
The housing stock in 2007 consisted of 12,313 houses and condominiums. About two-thirds were owner-occupied, and one-third rented. The median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2007 was $87,955. The median amount of real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2007 was $912.
People from Corsicana
- Spice 1, rapper
- Aaron Allston, science fiction novelist
- Maceo Demond Baston, professional basketball player
- Mary Brian, silent film era movie star (1906–2002)
- Lefty Frizzell, repeat country music Top 10 singer and songwriter, (1928–1975)
- Tyree Glenn, trombone player, (1912–1974)
- Allyn Gordon, watercolor artist (1909–1978)
- John Hardee, jazz saxophonist (1918–1984)
- Julie Haus, a.k.a. Julie Ann Hoeinghaus, fashion designer
- Skip Hicks, former NFL running back Washington Redskins
- Beauford Jester, governor of Texas 1947–1949, (1893–1949)
- Wesley Johnson, basketball player for Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA.
- John Larry Kelly, Jr., scientist and mathematician (1923–1965)
- Danieal Manning, NFL defensive back for the Houston Texans
- David "Fathead" Newman, jazz saxophonist (1933–2009)
- Bill O'Neal, historian of the American West
- Billy Joe Shaver, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame singer and songwriter
- Cameron Todd Willingham, convicted of triple murder and arson; executed (1968–2004)
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Municipalities and communities of Navarro County, TexasCounty seat: Corsicana Cities Towns Unincorporated
Chatfield | Purdon
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