Elgin is a small town with a population of about 8000 people. The easy commute to Austin allows residents to enjoy all that Austin has to offer while still providing that small town southern charm. Elgin is known as the Sausage Capital of Texas. Meyers Elgin Sausage was founded in 1949 and Southside Market and BBQ has been making their famous Elgin Hot Sausage for over 125 years! Elgin has also been known as the Brick Capital of South Texas because of the 3 brick yards operating there in the mid twentieth century. Two of those brick yards are still in operation today.
The city of Elgin was put on the map by the Colorado River flood of 1869. That caused a re-routing of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which established a stop in Elgin. It continued to be a thriving depot stop for years, and some local heritage can be observed in the preserved brick buildings of its downtown historic district. The Elgin Depot Museum houses artifacts and exhibits detailing the origins of the town and its ties to the growth of the railroad industry. The Elgin Heritage Walking Tour delves into the history of the entire district and 67 buildings, most of which were built during the early 1900s. Elgin has also been a frequent Hollywood film location for such films as The Great Waldo Pepper, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, A Perfect World, Varsity Blues, and 2003's The Alamo.
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