Taylor

Taylor is at the intersections of the Missouri Pacific and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas lines and State Highway 95 and U.S. Highway 79, in southeastern Williamson County. In 1876 the Texas Land Company auctioned lots in anticipation of the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad. Taylorsville (which officially became Taylor in 1892) was named after Edward Moses Taylor, a railroad official. An influx of settlers from Czechoslovakia and other Slavic states, as well as from Germany and Austria, helped establish the town. It soon became a busy shipping point for cattle, grain, and cotton. By 1878 the town had 1,000 residents and thirty-two businesses, twenty-nine of which were destroyed by fire in 1879. Recovery was rapid, however, and more substantial buildings were constructed. In 1882 the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railway reached the community, and machine shops and a roundhouse serviced both rail lines. In 1882 the town was incorporated with a mayor-council form of city government, and in 1883 a public school system replaced a number of private schools. By 1890 Taylor had two banks and the first savings and loan institution in Texas. An electric company, a cotton compress, and several newspapers were among the new enterprises. A water line from the San Gabriel River, a 100-man volunteer fire department, imported and local entertainment, and a yearly fair made noteworthy news items by 1900.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Taylor is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [-sville]

Locations

  • Latitude
    30.57350340
    Longitude
    -97.42153900

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Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Taylor
Pop. Year Source
17,597 2019 Texas Demographic Center
15,191 2010 Texas Demographic Center
13,575 2000 Texas Demographic Center
11,472 1990 Texas Demographic Center
10,619 1980 Texas Demographic Center
9,616 1970 Texas Demographic Center
9,434 1960 Texas Demographic Center
9,071 1950 Texas Demographic Center
7,875 1940 Texas Demographic Center
7,463 1930 Texas Demographic Center
5,965 1920 Texas Demographic Center
5,314 1910 Texas Demographic Center
4,211 1900 Texas Demographic Center
2,584 1890 Texas Demographic Center