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In the spring of 1846 a group led by
Edward H. Tarrant, a Texas Ranger, met at the home of Thomas I. Smith.
The men at the meeting drew up a petition for a new county to be made
out of Robertson County, with a temporary county seat to be located at
the home of W. R. Howe. Clinton M. Winkler, a local lawyer, presented
the petition to the state legislature in Austin, and it was approved
on April 25, 1846.
The new county included all the
portion of Robertson County within the east bank of the Brazos River
to the northwest corner of Limestone County. It also extended to the
Trinity River and north to Dallas County. It was named Navarro County
in honor of José Antonio Navarro, a Texas patriot. The county seat
remained at Howe's home until his death in 1847. On February 8, 1848,
a committee headed by Tarrant voted to set up a permanent county seat
at the halfway point between Porter's Bluff and Dresden.
Rev. Hampton McKinney was already
living at the site and later constructed the McKinney Inn at the
location. On February 25, 1848, Thomas Smith donated 100 acres of land
at the McKinney site, and C. C. Taylor was employed to construct a
town plot. José Antonio Navarro chose the name Corsicana in honor of
the Isle of Corsica, his father's birthplace.
Mustang Navarro Oak
Limestone County (south)
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