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HUTTO, TEXAS LIVING
‘We are excited to welcome you to Hutto! We pride ourselves on preserving our history while forging ahead to our future.
Hutto was created in 1876, on five acres of land purchased by the International and Great Northern Railroad. The railroad built a station, and the Hutto post office opened in in 1877. The famous “Hutto hippo” showed up later, in 1915. Local legend has it that a circus train stopped in Hutto to deliver mail, and take on water, as well as care for the animals. During the stop, a hippopotamus escaped its keeper and headed for the muddy waters of Cottonwood Creek. The train depot agent was forced to telegraph local communities to let them know to “STOP TRAINS. HIPPO LOOSE IN HUTTO,” and the rest is hippo history.
Our historic Downtown area harkens back to our past as an agricultural community, and we celebrate our heritage with Old Tyme Days, as well as the renovated cotton gin that serves as an event venue and hosts our weekly farmers market.
We invite you to explore our Downtown area, and celebrate with us as we embark on a long-anticipated reinvigoration and development project to make the Co-Op District and Downtown the proud center of our city. Our future development will allow our residents to stay and play in Hutto, offering a big-city experience with small-town quality of life.”
Your family will find room to play at our newly renovated Fritz Park, and we have exciting plans for future park space as part of the Williamson County Regional Park plan, along with an amphitheater and sports fields.
We are home to an award-winning independent school district, with more than 7,500 students at 9 campuses, with continuously growing enrollment. Hutto High School, home to the only hippo mascot in the country, boasts a Career and Technical Education program with numerous certifications including culinary arts, health sciences, business and veterinarian programs. We are proud of our award-winning and state-recognized art, band, music and athletic programs, a state-awarded and nationally recognized FCCLA program; and our facilities. We are also the only district in the area to offer a full-day Head Start Program.
Hutto is also the home of the East Williamson County Higher Education Center, a multi-institutional teaching center. EWCHEC provides a wide array of educational opportunities and workforce readiness program with the convenience of going from a certificate to a graduate degree all in one location through a partnership with Temple College, Texas State Technical College, and Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
Hutto is “open for business,” and as we aggressively and progressively pursue economic growth, we are proud to start construction on the Innovation Business Park. Innovation Business Park will be the largest business park opened in Central Texas in the past several decades, and we look forward business growing here.
We think “There’s No Place Like Hutto,” and we hope you’ll join us in calling it home.
Establishment of Hutto
“In 1876, the town of Hutto was established when the International and Great Northern Railroad was built three miles north of Shiloh.
A small farming community, Shiloh was near the crossroads of FM 135 and FM 139 on the north side of Brushy Creek. The McCutcheon-Shiloh Cemetery is all that remains of the once-thriving town.
In 1848, the year of Williamson County’s founding, Nelson Morey and Josiah Taylor both opened stores in Shiloh. There was a school and a church. Residents included the well-known Juvenal, Kuykendall, Stearns, Smalley, Swindoll and Wilbarger families. A log house stood nearby, built by Adam Orgain, a black man born a slave in 1835.
While constructing the International and Great Northern Railroad, the railroad company also purchased five acres of land for a designated station stop. This created the town of Hutto, which was named after James Emory Hutto, who was born June 8, 1824, in South Carolina. Hutto made his way to Texas in 1847 at the age of 23 and served in the Confederate Army for three years.
When the Hutto post office opened on June 27, 1877, officials appointed James E. Hutto postmaster. He became one of the most prosperous cattlemen in the county. He and his wife, Margaret Hughes, also from Alabama, raised eight children. In 1885 they moved to Waco, where James operated a very successful hardware business.
The eldest son of James E. and Margaret Hutto was John R. Hutto, who operated the Hutto gin and farmed. The second son, James E. Hutto, followed in his father’s footsteps and became a very successful cattleman and later, cotton farmer. Other sons – William T., Charles W., and Robert B. – were prosperous in both the cattle and cotton industries.”
Living in Hutto, Texas
About Old Town
“Old Town refers to Hutto’s historic district, bound loosely by ParkStreet to the east, Orgain Street to the south, the Co-Op site to the west, and north just past the intersection of Church Street and FM 1660. With charming structures dating back to the 1800’s, Old Town truly is the Heart of Hutto.
Downtown Commercial Historic District
Downtown is home to a number of local businesses, shops and restaurants that attract Hutto residents and visitors alike. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hutto Commercial Historic District consists of twelve buildings occupying approximately half of a city block in the heart of Hutto, Texas, approximately 27 miles northeast of Austin. Most of the buildings are good examples of the Late Victorian Italianate style of the 1890’s, and the early 20th century Commercial Style, applied to one-part and two-part commercial blocks. The buildings are constructed of brick with commercial storefronts composed of wood, glass and brick, and most retain a high degree of integrity. Of the twelve buildings, ten are contributing resources and two are non-contributing. The district constitutes the entirety of the historic central business core of the once-small town, which has experienced meteoric population growth of over 1000% in the decade since 2000.
Parked cars line East and Farley Streets on any given day, as the lunchtime crowd packs nearby restaurants. The Co-Op property, an iconic reminder of the City’s agriculturally-focused past, stands as the future site of a new City Hall. The Gin at the Co-Op District is now used as an open air market space for events and festivals. The Gin is the temporary home of Hutto’s most recent public art acquisition, a limestone scuplture of a stylized cotton gin, representing Hutto’s agricultural past.
A great place to call home
Hutto is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing communities in Texas.(1 ) As of June 2018, 30,112 people now call the growing community home, making Hutto one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. “Growth is not something that we take lightly,” said Hutto Mayor Doug Gaul. “City Council and staff work hard every day to ensure the right decisions are made to develop Hutto with a strong economic base and job opportunities. When it comes to the quality of life in Hutto, we want the best for our citizens.”
Hutto has been recently recognized as the “Top Place in Texas to Raise a Family.”(2) “With its low student-to-teacher ratios, low crime rate and short commute to Austin, Hutto is easily one of the best places to raise a family in Texas. Located Northeast of Austin in Williamson County, Hutto is close to the tech hub of Texas’s capital city while also maintaining the safety and tranquility of rural suburbia.” Hutto was named one of the 2017 Best Suburbs for Millennials in Austin Metro.(3) “Explore the best suburbs for young professionals based on the number of millennial residents, job opportunities, and access to bars, restaurants, and affordable housing. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, and other sources.”
When it comes to towns of the future, Hutto is one that’s definitely on the rise. As Austin continues to grow at a rapid rate, the population in this small city is expected to double in size over the next few years. With a great location of 28 miles from the city center, Hutto gives you plenty of separation from the city while still allowing easy access to all of Austin’s cool amenities.“
From pre-school through college, Hutto offers access to excellent educational opportunities. For primary and secondary students, Hutto ISD covers 75 mile square miles and is one of the fastest growing districts in Central Texas. The University of Texas and several other area universities with a combined enrollment of more than 140,000 provides an ample supply of well-educated workers to area employers. Within 200 miles of Austin, an additional 67 four-year colleges and universities enroll over 450,000 students. The newest addition to Hutto is the East Williamson County Higher Education Center which includes Temple College, Texas State Technical College, and Texas A&M-Central Texas.”
1 Texas State Data Center
2 Wide Open Country, May 2017 as seen at http://www.wideopencountry.com/10-best-places-raise-family-texas/
3 Niche.com’s 2017 Best Places List as seen at: https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/rankings/suburbs/best-suburbs-for-young-professionals/m/austin-metro-area/