Taylor (Austin, TX)
By Ki Gray, Austin Real Estate
Taylor, Texas, is a small city about a half hour's drive north of Austin near Interstate 35 and Highway 79, and the city was originally named Taylorville, in honor of Edward Moses Taylor, who was a well known railroad official. Taylor was founded in 1876 when the Texas Land Company auctioned lots in anticipation of the arrival of the railroad. The town was founded primarily by Czechoslovakian immigrants, along with mostly German and Austrian immigrants who purchased the land, most of which was being used by the railroad since the city was becoming a shipping point for cattle, grain and cotton. In 1882, the town was incorporated, and a public school system was built, and in the same year, the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railway reached the small community, allowing for more trade. The ci...
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