30° 20' 55" N, 97° 22' 21" W (30.348611, -97.3725)
25 miles E of Austin
16 miles S of Taylor on Hwy
17 miles N of Bastrop on Hwy
95 & 290
Population: 10,207 Est. (2018)
8,135 (2010) 5,700 (2000) 4,846 (1990)
Book Hotel Here Elgin
One of the historical
brick buildings in Elgin
Photo courtesy William
Beauchamp, July 2009
the 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 Texas."
Elgin 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
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.
The annual Hogeye Festival is on the fourth Saturday of October.
Elgin City Hall
- Nofsinger House at 310 North Main.
Photo courtesy Barclay
|Elgin Union Depot
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 95
15 North Main, Elgin, TX78621.
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