The city owes its existence to a major flood on the Colorado River in 1869. Originally, the railroad was to have run from McDade, ten miles east of Elgin, southwest to the Colorado River at a point somewhere between Bastrop and Webberville, then to Austin, following the river.
Besides the history, and obviously the world-class BBQ, Elgin offers a big taste of small town Texas!
Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse – 188 US-290, Elgin, TX 78621
Known as ‘Cuetopia, Texas, Meyer’s has been rolling out world-class BBQ since 1949. A four-generation family business, the Meyer’s have been perfecting the family’s secret sausage recipe, as well as mouthwatering brisket, ribs, and chicken for hungry Texans for almost seven decades. First or last, this Elgin hot spot is too good to pass!
The Elgin Depot Museum – 14 Depot Street, Elgin, TX 78621
Located in the historic Union Depot, you’ll find an extensive archive collection that provides a detailed look at the communication equipment since the town’s founding. Currently there is a wonderful exhibit on World War I. The museum has both rotating and permanent exhibits on the development of Elgin, and an Area Veterans Display in the old ticket office, starting with area Veterans from the Texas Revolution.
Elgin Antique Mall – 195 Hwy 290, Elgin, TX 78621
The Elgin Antique Mall provides over 8,000 square feet of year-round treasure shopping–oak furniture, glassware, advertising, collectibles, knives and toys–just to mention a few items available. Open daily from 10AM to 6PM.
Liberty Tree Tavern – 117 N. Main Street, Elgin, TX 78621
If you’re looking for a refreshing beverage and some live music then the Liberty Tree Tavern is for you. It used to be a funeral home, and rumor has it there’s a ghost or two keeping the taps cold!
Down Home Ranch – 20250 FM 619, Elgin, TX 787621
Down Home Ranch is a 410-acre working farm with a mission to empower the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities. The first Wednesday of every month (from 1pm to 3pm) a Tour of SERVice is offered where they explain everything from who all lives on the Ranch (animals, too!) to the programs they offer and what they have planned for the future.
Hogeye Festival (October 27th) – 109 Depot Street, Elgin, TX 78621
If you’re fortunate enough to visit Elgin toward the end of October, you’re in for a “Sooooie” treat! They close down the streets for a cook-off, handmade arts and crafts, a car show, live music, a carnival, talent show, children’s activities, and much more!
Thomas Memorial Park – 411 Madison Street, Elgin, TX 78621
You in the mood to get outside and burn some of those easy-earned BBQ calories? The Thomas Memorial Park would treat you right. It’s a 12-acre park featuring several ball fields, picnic tables, a nine-hole disc golf course, volleyball court, a playground, and trail systems.
White Fences Equestrian Center – 10908 Jones Road, Manor, TX 78653
Located just outside the Elgin city limits you’ll find the White Fences Equestrian Center. They offer lessons, boarding, training, and shows, as well as guided trail rides. The trail rides take you through miles of rolling hill country and forest trails. Suitable for all experience levels.
Sip, Shop & Stroll – Main Street, Elgin, Texas 78621
Every second Thursday of the month from March to December, from 5pm to 8pm, local retailers invite folks to sip, shop and stroll their way through downtown Elgin. You’ll find live music, beer and wine tastings, store specials and more.
The Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall – 101 Hoxie Street, Coupland, TX 78615
If you’re staying in Elgin, you don’t want to miss The Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall located just 10 minutes from downtown Elgin. Built in 1904, the building began as the Coupland Drug Company in 1911. It’s changed hands from doctors, to newspapers, to a tavern. The building now has a restaurant, dancehall with live music, and rooms to book in their unique 1800’s wild west brothel-style Bed and Breakfast.