Shiner was founded in 1887 when the San Antonio and Arkansas Pass Railroad was built, and it was named for the town site donor, H.B. Shiner. The town grew as a trade center for Czech and German farmers. Agriculture is still important today with cattle and poultry. Tours of the long-time wire works company making made-to-order wire products since 1898 are available with advance notice. The Gaslight Dinner Theatre located in the historic opera building usually offers three performances during the year.