Capital of Texas
Bastrop County, Central
25 miles E of Austin
16 miles S of Taylor on Hwy 95
miles N of Bastrop on Hwy 95 & 290
of the historical brick buildings in Elgin
Photo courtesy William
Beauchamp, July 2009
bumper sticker says: Enjoy Austin,
live in Elgin. |
This is a tranquil town famous for it's sausage
and bricks. Long ago Elginites decided sausage was definitely more flavorful
and easier on the teeth. Four companies now try to keep Texas supplied with "hot
guts". The Texas Legislature named Elgin as the "Sausage Capital of
was a railroad town with
as many as 20 trains a day coming through. Preservation efforts are underway on
restoring both the passenger and freight stations. Before everyone had a car,
Elginites would charter whole trains for picnics in New
The Elgin Post Office has a "WPA"
mural, and a good one at that.
City Hall is located in the beautiful
Nofzinger House at 310 North Main. 512-285-5721.
The wide main
street and many historic brick buildings (they made bricks, remember?)
have provided movie companies with a backdrop for contemporary and period films.
The Chamber has an excellent brochure "Heritage Walking Tour".
Take a stroll in historic downtown and enjoy the gift and antique shops and restaurants
along the way. Don't forget the Elgin Antique Mall with more than 50 dealers on
Hwy 290. Drive around town to see the beautiful old homes.
Hogeye Festival is on the fourth Saturday of October.
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City Hall - Nofsinger House at 310 North Main.
Photo courtesy Barclay
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Early 1900s photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Elgin Got Its Name by C. F. Eckhardt|
In Elgin they’ll tell you the
town was named for a Mister Elgin... If you ask the members of the Shadetree Historical
Society, they’ll give you a version of Elgin’s naming that has nothing to do with
a Mr. Elgin. They’ll tell you the original name of the place was Helgin—derived
from ‘Hell again.’... more
7 miles north on Hwy 95 to Coupland.
It's worth a visit. You would think that you have entered a one street movie set.
Another 9 miles on Hwy 95 will take you to Taylor
- 17 miles south on Hwy 95Austin
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Chamber of Commerce
15 North Main, Elgin, TX78621.