Taylor Made Texas.

Taylor is the quintessential small Texas town. We’ve got stunning sunsets, fields of cotton, the best barbecue in the world and plenty of horseback-riding cowboys—but we’re also so much more than that. Since 2009, more than 20 companies have expanded or relocated to Taylor because of our small-business-friendly attitude.

Taylor is at the start of something big—which shouldn’t come as a surprise, right?

That’s just how we operate here in Texas. We have the diverse culture, the natural beauty and the opportunity every city seeks. When you visit us, you’re not just visiting another small Texas town—you’re visiting a city that is something truly special. You’re visiting Taylor Made Texas.

Top 10 Things to Do

Shopping in Historic Downtown

Peruse our historic 9-block downtown district where locally owned antique shops, artisan boutiques, and restaurants line the streets.

Barbeque

Stop by one or all of our world-famous BBQ restaurants for a real taste of Texas BBQ!

Parks System

Taylor boasts an impressive parks system with world-class amenities. Stroll through any one of our 5 parks with or enjoy our interconnected hike and bike trails.

Quick Facts

In 1876 the Texas Land Company auctioned lots in anticipation of the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad when Taylor was founded that year. The city was named after Edward Moses Taylor, a railroad official, under the name Taylorsville which officially became Taylor in 1892. Immigrants 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 an annual fair; made noteworthy news items by 1900.

Taylor Independent School District turns out academic achievers – our championship Academic Decathlon team ranked 3rd in the U.S in 2016. TISD is a leader in best practices for Early College High School education and our students consistently exceed regional and state graduation rate averages. We’re also known for training a highly skilled local workforce through our technical career programs in welding, culinary arts, automotive, electrical, machining and plumbing.
Taylor’s population growth has increased an average of approximately 128 new residents per year and its current population is 17,450 residents.
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Kid Fish 9:00 am
Kid Fish @ Bull Branch Park
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grab your fishing pole for this family friendly fishing event for kids under age 16 at Bull Branch Park (small pond near Lynn St.)!  The event is proudly hosted by the Kid Fish program and[...]
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Good Life Taylor Fair & 5K 8:00 am
Good Life Taylor Fair & 5K @ Bull Branch Park
Oct 14 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
THE 5K Enjoy a quiet, quaint, but quick run. Designed with input from competitive runners, our course zips you through North Taylor with multiple changes in scenery on a flat route. We start and finish[...]
Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
The fun of Third Thursday is coming to your weekends in Taylor! In order to showcase the unique businesses in downtown Taylor, shops are open late (until 9 p.m.) on the second Saturday of every[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Oct 19 all-day
In order to showcase the unique businesses in downtown Taylor, shops are open late (until 9 p.m.) on the third Thursday of every month!  Door prizes, music and food make this exciting event something to[...]
Art Night 6:30 pm
Art Night @ Taylor Public Library
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Taylor Public Library welcomes you to Coloring Night the third Thursday of each month 6:30 – 7:30 PM. All ages are welcome for all sorts of coloring. Colors and color pages will be provided, or[...]
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Taylor “Graveyard Rumble” 8:00 am
Taylor “Graveyard Rumble” @ Taylor Regional Park & Sports Complex
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm
This 3-game minimum, pool-play style tournament is for ages 7U to 14U. Gate admissions – $5 a day per adult (17 and up) For more information about this tournament, visit the official Blue Diamond Tournaments[...]
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour 7:30 pm
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour @ Louie Mueller Parking Lot
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join guides from the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society on a nighttime stroll through the murderous and macabre, the frightening and fascinating, history of Taylor. HISTORY Revel in tales of Taylor’s rough and tumble past[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Historic Downtown Taylor
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Downtown Taylor is home to a variety of happenings through the month! In addition to 3rd Thursday, 2nd Saturday and numerous festivals, the town also welcomes the G21 Car Show on every 4th Sunday of[...]
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Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
Family Night – Crafts @ Taylor Public Library
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Taylor Public Library welcomes you to Family Night for activities, games, and more the fourth Thursday of each month 6:30 – 7:30 PM. For information please call the library at 512-352-3434.  
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5th Annual Main Street Car Show 10:00 am
5th Annual Main Street Car Show
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us in Historic Downtown Taylor for our 5th Annual Main Street Car Show. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever! Free – General Public $10 – Car Show Registration This[...]
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour 7:30 pm
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour @ Louie Mueller Parking Lot
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join guides from the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society on a nighttime stroll through the murderous and macabre, the frightening and fascinating, history of Taylor. HISTORY Revel in tales of Taylor’s rough and tumble past[...]
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Halloween Spooktacular 6:00 pm
Halloween Spooktacular @ Heritage Square Park
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Halloween Spooktacular is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Heritage Square Park! Come out for costume contests, games and candy for the little ones!