Corsicana is the county seat and largest city of Navarro County. It was founded in 1848 and was named after the Mediterranean island of Corsica, where the father of José Antonio Navarro, a true hero of the Texas Revolution, was born. Corsicana was one of the first cities in Texas to use natural gas for lighting and fuel. The oil boom brought a new wave of prosperity to the town. The decades after 1900 also showed significant improvements in the city’s transportation: Mule-drawn cars were converted to electric trolleys, a line between Corsicana and Houston was completed, and an hourly service to and from Dallas was instituted by the Texas Electric Railroad. As of 1991, the town has reported 485 businesses that include oil and gas extraction, meat packing, fruit and vegetable canning, printing of business forms, and manufacturing companies of prepared foods, furniture, chemical and rubber products, and oil field machinery.
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