Since the later part of the 19th century,
Williamson County has had an agriculturally diverse economy. Farmers would
utilize the nutrient rich backland soil to grow cash crops such as cotton, corn, wheat,
and sorghum. Other agriculture operations included raising
cattle, sheep, and chickens. Ranchers welcomed the Chisholm Trail to help drive
cattle up north to the mid-west.
Since the late 1880’s to the late 1900’s Taylor was a shipping hub for area farmers and ranchers, thanks to the intersection of two major railroad lines. Farmers and ranchers were able to ship out goods to the rest of the country.