Elgin honors Historic Preservation Month in May Posted in: Lifestyle May is Historic Preservation Month, and while Elgin celebrates the social, cultural, and economic benefits of preservation year-round, we would like to highlight the groups and events that promote pride in the history of our community.Elgin Sesquicentennial: 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. For more information on the Sesquicentennial events for the year,PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!