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.
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.
We are proud to offer a wide range of residential living choices, including established neighborhoods and new developments by KB Homes, Gehan Homes, Pulte, Wilshire Homes and many others.
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.
Churches in Hutto
Churches have historically been a major part of Hutto community life. The majority of the early families were from Sweden, followed by Danish and German immigrants. These were churchgoing families who wasted no time building houses of worship.
The Hutto Baptist Church congregation began holding services in 1882 and has continued to grow to serve the area residents.
The United Methodist Church formed when two groups of worshippers merged. The American Methodist congregation started meeting in the Shiloh schoolhouse in 1870. In 1892, the area’s Swedish families started a Methodist church. For a while, the two congregations shared a building. The Swedish Methodist built a new facility in 1911, and in 1938, both congregations joined to form the Hutto United Methodist Church.
Both the Hutto Baptist and United Methodist churches have Texas Historical Markers.
The beginnings of the Hutto Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at Church and Live Oak streets, can be traced to services conducted by ministers from Palm Valley Lutheran Church as early as 1890. The current, and third church building, was constructed in 1902.
Church services were conducted there in Swedish until 1940. The church also operates a large cemetery that was constructed in 1897. Both the church and cemetery have Texas Historical Markers.
James E. Hutto probably never could have imagined the town with a population of 17,00 residents, as it has today, but it is something with which Mayor Ken Love is all too familiar.
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