City of Taylor

City of Taylor (HM167)

Location: Taylor, TX 76574 Williamson County
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N 30° 34.278', W 97° 24.585'

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When the International & Great Northern Railroad built across Williamson County in 1876, one of the towns created along its route was "Taylorsville," named for railroad executive Moses Taylor. Lots were sold in June, and the post office opened on August 9, 1876. The earliest settlers included 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 Moritmer 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 a major shipping point for cattle. A second rail line, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas, was extended to Taylorsville in 1882, spurring further growth. The town was incorporated 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.
HM NumberHM167
Marker Number9358
Year Placed1976
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:51am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 652499 N 3383169
Decimal Degrees30.57130000, -97.40975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 34.278', W 97° 24.585'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 34' 16.68" N, 97° 24' 35.10" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-498 TX-95, Taylor TX 76574, US
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