Introduction to Taylor, Texas
In the late 1800s, this region was known as "Taylorsville" in honor of the railroad official, Edward Moses Taylor. Anticipating the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad, the Texas Land Company began selling lots in 1876. Soon, a number of settlers arrived from Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and other Slavic states. It became a busy shipping center for grain, cotton, and cattle. The Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railway arrived in 1882, and the community was incorporated the same year. It officially came to be known as "Taylor" in 1892.
Taylor and Nearby Attractions
- State Capitol
- Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History
- Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum
- Buescher State Park
- Cameron Park Zoo
Things To Do In Taylor
Taylor is close to historic sites like the State Capitol, and the Texas State Cemetery. Texas Memorial Museum of Science and History houses exhibits depicting the natural history, paleontology, and culture of Texas. Various artifacts and memorabilia of historic importance can be viewed at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, the Center for American History, and Elisabet Ney Museum are other museums near Taylor. Opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, biking, backpacking, golfing, canoeing, camping, and picnicking are available at the Buescher State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, and Bastrop State Park. Residents of Taylor also host the Bloomin' Festival in May every year.
Air transportation is available from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Taylor Higher Education
Colleges near Taylor are Austin Community College, Southwestern University, University of Texas at Austin, and Concordia University Austin.