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County
Williamson
Region
Hill Country
Population
2010 Census - 15,191
2000 Census - 13,575
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Towns
Taylor, Texas
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Taylor Texas History:
The community of Taylorsville was established in 1876 when the Texas Land Company auctioned off lots in anticipation of the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad. The town was named after railroad official Edward Moses Taylor, and was renamed Taylor in 1892. Many of the early settlers were Czechoslovakian, German and Austrian immigrants. By 1878, the town was a shipping center for cattle, grain and cotton, and had 32 businesses and 1,000 residents; an 1879 fire destroyed 29 of those businesses. The town incorporated in 1882, the same year the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railway built a line to the community. They Taylor Railway machine shop and roundhouse serviced both railroads. By 1890, Taylor had an electric company, a cotton press, several newspapers, a water line from the San Gabriel River, a volunteer fire department, two banks and the first savings and loan institution in Texas. During the early years of the twentieth century an artesian well was drilled, a city hall was built, and a hospital opened. Cotton was the leading crop. Over time the local economy was diversified by adding manufactures, processors and agricultural and cattle industries. Interest in downtown revitalization resulted in the hiring of a Main Street project manager in 1983 to spearhead the restoration of the downtown area. Taylor is the birthplace of Governor Dan Moody, and Bill Pickett, the black cowboy who invested bulldogging. Several movies have been filmed in and around Taylor. Taylor is located at the intersection of SH 95 (Main Street) and U.S. 79, 31 miles northeast of Cedar Park, 17.6 miles northeast of Round Rock, 8.6 miles northeast of Hutto, 40.6 miles southeast of Belton, 23 miles southeast of Walburg, 20.6 miles southeast of Georgetown, 10.8 miles south of Granger, 25.4 miles southwest of Rockdale, 12.6 miles southwest of Thorndale, 34.7 miles slightly northwest of Bastrop, 16.2 miles north of Elgin, 8 miles north of Coupland, 38 miles northeast of Webberville, 26 miles northeast of Pflugerville, 18.4 miles northeast of Pflugerville, and 39 miles northeast of Austin, Texas.
 
Historic City of Taylor, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“When the International & Great Northern Railroad built across Williamson County in 1876. One of the towns created along its route was "Taylorville", named for railroad executive Moses Taylor. Lots were sold in June, and the post office opened on August 9 1876. The earliest settlers include railroad officials such as I. &G.N. president John R. Hoxie and agent Henry Dickson and merchants such as C.P. Vance, who moved his general store from Circleville. John McMurray started a private school, and Mortimer R. Hoxie donated land for a cemetery. Methodist and Presbyterian churches were organized in 1876, and other congregations the following year. Located on a cattle trail. The new community soon became major shipping point cattle. A second rail line, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas, was extended to Taylorsville in 1882 with Daniel Moody, Father of Texas Governor Dan Moody (1893-1966) as its first mayor. In 1892 the city's name was shortened to "Taylor". By that time, cotton had joined cattle and the railroad as an important element in the local economy. Today light industry and diversified farming contribute to Taylor's prosperity.”
 
Historic Bill Pickett, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“The son of a former slave, Willie M. (Bill) Picket grew up in Taylor. Working as a cowboy in central Texas, he pioneered the art of "bulldogging", in which a cowboy jumps from his horse to twist a steer's horns to force it to the ground. One of the few black cowboys on the rodeo circuit, Pickett became a sensation, performing in the U.S. Mexico, Canada, and Europe. He retired in Oklahoma in 1930 and died two years later from injuries sustained in a riding accident. In 1971 he became the first African America cowboy inducted into the National cowboy Hall of Fame.”
 
Historic Birthplace of Governor Dan Moody, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“A crusader for integrity in public office. Born in Taylor, Williamson County; son of Daniel and Nancy Elizabeth Robertson Moody, at 16 entered University of Texas. Where he completed law school, after World War I service, won election to the office of county attorney, then an appointment by Governor Pat Neff to district attorney, Travis and Williamson counties. Won state-wide notice for prosecutions of Ku Klux Klansmen in notorious flogging cases and was urged by friends to run for attorney general of Texas.
He won this office, and served 1925-1927 in an era of alleged corruption. Moving to halt kickbacks on highway contracts, he recovered for Texas hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 1925 ran for governor on his record as attorney general, and was elected. Inaugurated when he was 33 was youngest man ever to take oath for that office during his terms 1927-1931, Texans faith in their state government was restored. Great reforms were made in the state highway department and state penitentiary system. After retirement from the governor's office, he practiced law and was appointed by the president of the United States to prosecute tax evaders. He married Mildred Paxton; they had two children.”
 
Liberty GardensMemorial:
The Liberty Gardens are located at the entrance to Murphy Park. The garden and monument honors those who served or are currently serving in the armed forces, emergency response services, police forces, and those who lost their lives in 9/11. Paving stones may be purchased to honor a loved one. Amenities include a monument featuring a Liberty Bell and a bronze eagle, flagpoles, a crushed granite trail, gardens and park benches. Taylor parks are open Sun-Thu, 4:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 4:30am-midnight. The Liberty Garden is located at 1600 Sycamore Street at the entrance to Murphy Park. 1600 Veterans Drive. (512) 365-7669.
 
Texas Main Street Program & Movie Filming in Taylor:
This group promotes the historical preservation of downtown Taylor through incentives. The City of Taylor assists production companies wishing to film within the Taylor city limits. The Howard Theatre is a “first run” movie theater and is available for screenings and projects. Portions of several movies filmed in and around Taylor include Heartbreak Hotel, The Hot Spot, Michael, Home Fries, The Rookie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Friday Night Lights, Infamous, and Drop Dead Sexy.   
 
(Governor) Dan Moody Museum:
Moody’s restored childhood home houses many of the family’s heirlooms and furnishings. Tours are offered Tue & Fri, 8am-5pm; Sun, 2pm-5pm. Tours are also available by special arrangement. Current phone numbers are posted at the museum entrance. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. (512) 352-3675, Ext. 16. 114 West 9th Street. Email     
 
East Williamson County Higher Education Center:
The center offers college level courses through Temple College. (512) 352-2688. 515 North Main Street.  Email 
 
Taylor Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, 15 public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The Library is open Mon & Thu, 9am-8pm; Tue, Wed & Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-2pm. (512) 352-3434. 801 Vance Street.