Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BackPak
N 32° 05.406 W 096° 27.966
14S E 739140 N 3553233
Quick Description: Fantastic baked goods.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/14/2007 8:10:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM1VJE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
Views: 108

Long Description:
Great stop for goodies and coffee to start our trip to Killeen.
Marker Number: 11601

Marker Text:
Opened two blocks north of this site in 1896, by August Weidmann, an immigrant baker from Wiesbaden, Germany, and W. T. McElwee, a local cotton buyer. Combining the talents of a baker whose pride and joy was baking a better cake with the flare of a man whose business ability had a touch of the sensational was a move that resulted in a most unusual and successful business enterprise. One of Weidmann's few assets was an unknown cake recipe. This was to become the famous original "deluxe fruitcake," today shipped to every state in the United States and to many foreign countries. McElwee, a lover of sports and the theatre, built a rooming house over the bakery in 1906, and invited visiting baseball players, circus performers and vaudeville troupes to stay there. Soon guests were having fruitcakes shipped to friends in remote places. Employees at the bakery during this era recall visits from Will Rogers, Enrico Caruso, John J. McGraw, "Gentlemen Jim" Corbett and many other celebrities. They also recall the day the great circus showman, John Ringling, and many of his famous performers stopped in an ordered Christmas cakes sent to their many friends in distant lands.

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