This Bastrop County city was established as a flag stop on the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1872 and named for Robert Morris Elgin, the railroad land commissioner who laid out the town site. Originally, the railroad was to have run 10 miles east of town, but when the Colorado River flooded in 1869, the railroad surveyed a new line through Elgin. No visit to Elgin would be complete without trying some Elgin hot sausage. Three sausage companies make this specialty, and the Texas Legislature named the city the "Sausage Capital of Texas." Find information at the visitor center.
This Main Street City's downtown is recapturing its early look by refurbishing its historic buildings.
Elgin lies along the Presidential Corridor linking the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Bryan/College Station with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin.