Elgin Sesquicentennial

elgin 150 logo-sign and banner

Elgin was established in 1872 on the Houston and Texas Central Railroad as a one square mile area around the H&TC Depot and was named for Robert Morris Elgin, the railroad’s land commissioner. In 1879 Elgin was described as a “thriving depot town” of 400 with a newspaper, a gin, and a gristmill.    Today, Elgin has a population of 10,598, and is a thriving community with a newspaper, multiple major employers producing bricks, sausage and more, and is experiencing significant residential and commercial growth.    

Sesquicentennial Committee
Elgin will be 150 years old in 2022 –City Council appointed a Sesquicentennial committee to develop a plan for celebrating the 150th anniversary which includes projects, and events in partnership with organizations and businesses throughout the community.

see list here 

Hatitude 2022

Hatitude 2022 honored Sister Ruby J. Simms on Feb. 4, 2022. Everyone showed up in their best attire at the elegant event. 

Hatitude 2022 picture slideshow
Celebrating Black History Month Saturday, February 5th  

March Sip Shop & Stroll

We had the Elgin High School choir perform at Nofsinger House (better known as City Hall) for Sip Shop and Stroll as part of the Elgin Sesquicentennial celebration. View the video of that performance here.

Enjoy Sip Shop and Stroll from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month in Downtown Elgin!

CELEBRATE ELGIN'S   150 Years in 2022 


May 21-EXPLORE ELGIN ARTS & CULTURE

Artists demonstrations, artisans, maker's market, art & sanctuary tours and more! Downtown Elgin, Times vary

June 10-11 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

Street Dance, Parade and Festival Depot and Veterans’ Park 10am-6pm

June 19 JUNETEENTH ON JUNETEENTH

Celebrate Juneteenth with a Candlelight Ceremony. Thomas Memorial Park, 7 pm

June 24-25 WESTERN DAYS PARADE & FESTIVAL

Parade and Family Friendly Festival. Elgin Memorial Park,    10 am - 6 pm

July 2 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Patriotic festivities and fireworks. Veterans of Foreign War Hall (VFW), 3 pm - dark

Aug. 20 ELGIN FOUNDERS DAY

Founders Day Birthday Bash. Booker T. Washington (BTW) School, 10 am - 2 pm

Oct. 20-21 HOGEYE FESTIVAL WEEKEND

Celebrating Hogeye all day! Downtown 10am - 6 pm

Nov. 1 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Downtown Elgin

Nov. 5 TEXAS ARBOR DAY

Elgin Memorial Park

Nov. 12 VETERANS APPRECIATION PARADE

Downtown, 10 a.m.

Dec. 3 LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE & HOT COCOA STROLL

ETX 150 Time Capsule Dedication, Hot Cocoa Stroll & Lighted Parade. Depot Street & Downtown, Time Capsule at    1:50 pm, Parade at 6 pm

Dec. 31 ETX 150 NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION FIREWORKS

Veterans of Foreign War Hall (VFW)