As more and more people arrived, churches and private schools were established and businesses flourished. A fire in February, 1879, destroyed most of the frame buildings and they were replaced with brick structures.
COTTON- mainstay of Taylor’s economy since the early 1800’s. Rich soil and the skilled farmers Williamson county- a leading cotton producer. At one time, the world’s largest inland producer of cotton
1910-1919 Taylor school in the Distance (approximately 1913)
(1888-1923) Elmer “Pet” Brown won the world’s middleweight crown in wrestling in 1914.
(1893-1966) Dan Moody, an attorney and son of Taylor’s first mayor, was the first prosecuting attorney in the US to win a legal battle against the Ku Klux Klan. At age 33, he became the youngest governor of Texas.
(1870-1932) Bill Pickett was a black cowboy who initiated the practice of “bulldogging” or steer wrestling and in 1971 was posthumously inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He controlled the steer by sinking his teeth into the animal’s upper lip as he twisted the neck and brought him down. Pickett died in 1932 after traveling all over the world performing his unusual stunt. There is a bronze statute of Bill Pickett at the Fort Worth Rodeo Grounds.
Dr. Dickey Taylor’s Outstanding Citizen in 1952 Taylor’s first black doctor