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A reader writes:
I’m interested in a place to visit for a day trip from Houston, with family-friendly things to do that aren’t solely focused on young children. We enjoy good food, scenery and learning about local history.
Corsicana is a great option for you and your family! Located in Central Texas, approximately 2.5 hours from Houston and a straight shot down I-45, Corsicana has a charming and walkable downtown with restaurants and coffee options; an arts bookstore and a comics store, and a brand-new park to explore.
Corsicana also holds an important place in Texas history. You may know about the famous Corsicana fruitcake and the the Collin Street Bakery, but did you also know that the recipe for Wolf Brand Chili was developed there in 1895, by a 12-year old named Lyman Davis?
If you are looking for some scenery with your history, the newly opened GW Jackson Park is a beautiful, public green space that is part of the GW Jackson Multicultural Society, named for a revered local educator and principal. The society collects and preserves the contributions of African Americans in the Corsicana community.
Visit the park and see Jackson’s statue as part of the self-guided Corsicana Bronze Statue Tour, located in and around downtown. See statues that honor Jimmy Grimmett of Collin Street Bakery, Kaiser Bill, the canine inspiration behind Wolf Brand Chili, musician William Orville “Lefty” Frizzell and Jose Antonio Navarro, a Texas Founding Father and the county’s namesake, along with many others.
Happy road tripping and enjoy the journey!