In Bastrop County, the city was
established as a flag stop on the Houston and Central
Railroad in 1872 and named for Robert Morris Elgin, the railroad land commissioner who laid
out the townsite. City owes its existence to a major
flood of the Colorado river in 1869. Originally, the
railroad was to have run 10 miles east of Elgin. When the
river rose 60 feet over its banks, the railroad surveyed
a new line through Elgin to Austin. The economy is based
on light industry, agriculture, and brick manufacturing.
At one time Elgin was called "The Brick Capital of
No visit to Elgin would be complete
without tasting Elgin's hot sausage. It's wonderful! Four
sausage companies make the delicacy. Information on
location is available at the visitor center. In fact,
Elgin was named by the Texas Legislature as the
"Sausage Capital of Texas".
Be sure to visit the antique mall
on U.S. 290 with more than 50 dealers offering a large
variety of antiques and collectibles.
All through the city, keep an eye
out for beautiful, old homes. Also, downtown, a Main
Street city, is recapturing its early look by
refurbishing and reusing its historic buildings. Movies
and TV commercials often use Elgin's quaint streets as
Elgin lies along the Presidential
Corridor linking George Herbert Walker Bush Library in Bryan /
with the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin.
Bed and Breakfast accommodations
are available in historic buildings in the city and
Built in 1906 of brick
from an Elgin clay pit, the two story structure has
twelve foot ceilings and original woodwork and fixtures.
The elegant home houses the Elgin City hall and chamber
of commerce offices at 310 North Main. Tours available
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For information, call (512)285-4515.