An Old Town Coming to Life
Approximately 27 miles northeast of Austin, lies the Hutto Commercial Historic District, which locals commonly refer to as “Old Town”. The buildings in the district reflect Hutto’s rich culture, bringing visitors and residents back to the charming culture of the 1800s. This historic railroad town is now a fast-growing community that boasts a great quality of life just outside the Austin/Round Rock metro area. In the last decade, Hutto has transformed from a small rural Central Texas town of only 1,250 to one of Austin’s fastest-growing suburbs with now more than 20,000 residents!
But wait, why are there so many concrete hippos in and around Hutto, you ask? The legend goes, in 1915 a circus train came through town with a brief layover. Suddenly, a hippo escaped its enclosure and made its way over to Cottonwood Creek. Now you know hippos are drawn to water like a moth to a flame. Well, the circus workers tried multiple times to remove the hippo from the muddy water without much success but much to the delight and entertainment of the locals. Eventually, the hippo was reunited with the circus and placed back into its enclosure but it was not long after, the school adopted the hippo as its official mascot.
In 2003, the Texas Legislature recognized Hutto as the “Official Hippo Capital of Texas.” The Hutto Chamber of Commerce arranged for a seven-ton concrete hippo named “Henrietta” to be placed along East Street in 1986.
So now you know the back story of why there are so many decorated concrete hippos in and around Hutto. Why not show your hippo spirit by uniquely decorating your own hippo? Here is a map of some of the many hippos around town. Town Website for the Hippo tour.
Real Estate Market Data
The data used in these reports come from the Texas REALTOR® Data Relevance Project, a partnership among Texas REALTORS® and local REALTOR® associations throughout the state. Analysis provided through a research agreement with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University
2021 Q2 Hutto Market Statistics
Area Codes: 512 & 737
Mayor: Doug Gaul
888.313.6862 Oncor • https://www.oncor.com/SitePages/ForHome.aspx
512.759.4055 City of Hutto • https://www.huttotx.gov/departments/utility_billing/residential.php
888.286.6700 Atmos Energy • https://atmosenergy.com/
512.759.4055 City of Hutto • https://www.huttotx.gov/departments/utility_billing/residential.php
800.288.2020 AT&T/DirecTV • https://www.att.com/
855.885.7714 Spectrum • https://official.spectrum.com/
877.694.9474 Suddenlink • https://www.suddenlink.com/
855.707.2579 Dish Network • http://dish.com/
512.257.1077 Western Broadband • http://www.westernbroadband.com/
Hutto Texas Web Page
512.759.4049 • https://www.huttotx.gov/
Chamber of Commerce
512.930.3535 • http://huttochamber.com/
Hutto Independent School District
“Hutto ISD serves a population of more than 6,600 students across 10 campuses. There are six elementary schools, two middle schools, one alternative school, and one high school.”
200 College St., Hutto, 78634
512.759.3771 • http://hipponation.org/ • Map
Concordia High School
“The Concordia High School family is committed to developing upright hearts and skillful hands.”
Round Rock Christian Academy
“Providing excellence in Christian education in Williamson County for over 40 years, RRCA currently has an enrollment of over 520 students from preschool through 12th grade. Head of School Becky Blauser and the faculty of Godly teachers are committed to training young minds to be ready to face the challenges of the future.”
Chaparral Star Academy
College Prep, Accelerated Curriculum
“Meridian is a public, tuition-free charter school funded through state and federal dollars like traditional schools. Open to all students who live within the boundaries of Williamson County in Central Texas, Meridian is the vehicle realized by several Williamson County families that worked together with the goal of offering an education that will bring a love of learning to the classroom for their children and yours.”
East Williamson County Higher Education Center – Hutto
“The East Williamson County Higher Education Center in Hutto (EWCHEC) is a multi-institutional teaching center providing a wide array of educational opportunities and workforce readiness programs.
Temple College, Texas State Technical College, and Texas A&M University-Central Texas have united in a visionary partnership to bring college degrees and workforce readiness programs with certificate and licensure career and technical education to the residents of Williamson County.”
ACC – Round Rock
“Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college. ACC serves Central Texas as the primary gateway to higher education and technical training. ACC’s mission is to provide open door access to an affordable college education for those who want to earn a degree, learn a marketable skill, and advance their careers.”
4400 College Park DR, Round Rock, TX 78665
512.223.0000 • https://www.austincc.edu/campuses/round-rock-campus • Map
Texas State University – Round Rock
“The Round Rock Campus provides exceptional academic programs, student academics support services, and training opportunities to students and the community in Round Rock, North Austin, and Williamson County. To accomplish these goals, the RRC expands on the quality instruction of the faculty by providing:
- exceptional academic programs that utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods,
- efficient and effective student academic support services,
- career training responsive to community needs,
- informative and creative lectures and community events, and
- courteous, top-quality customer service to faculty, students and guests.”
Healthcare and Community Services
Ascension Seton Medical Center – Round Rock
“Ascension Seton Williamson Hospital in Round Rock, Texas, is a full-service hospital with 24/7 emergency care and Level II Trauma Center. We deliver care for life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Our care teams listen to quickly understand your health needs and deliver care that’s right for you. Ascension Seton Williamson Hospital is a destination for specialty care – including heart and vascular health, ENT, orthopedics, women’s health and maternity services. Our OB-GYN maternity care teams at our Maternity Unit which includes a level I neonatal unit, deliver a personalized birthing experience and advanced neonatal care for sick babies. Dell Children’s Emergency care is available onsite as well. We offer a wide range of minimally invasive procedures, imaging, lab tests and rehabilitation services, all on one campus.”
201 Seton Parkway, Round Rock, TX 78665
512.324.4000 • https://healthcare.ascension.org/locations/texas/txaus/round%20rock%20ascension%20seton%20williamson? • Map
St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center – Round Rock
“St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center provides comprehensive health care to residents of Williamson and surrounding counties. As a leader in the region, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center provides leading-edge care in Cardiac Services, Emergency & Trauma, Surgical Services, Orthopedics & Joint Replacement, St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute and Rehabilitation.
- 24/7 Emergency Department & Level II Trauma Center
- Certified Chest Pain Center
- Maternity & Newborn Care
- Joint Replacement Surgery
- Heart & Vascular Services
- Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services
- St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute”
2400 Round Rock AVE, Round Rock, 78681
512.341.1000 • https://stdavids.com/locations/st-davids-round-rock-medical-center/ • Map
First 3 Years
“Mission Statement: We educate, advocate, and collaborate to advance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families.”
972.310.4097 • https://first3yearstx.org/austin-chapter-meetings/
Texas Health and Human Services
“From the headquarters in Austin to eligibility offices in the Rio Grande Valley to laboratories in the Panhandle, Health and Human Services employees are there to respond to the needs of Texans.
The professionals that staff health and human services agencies across the state are ready and willing to assist people who need services, contractors who provide them and anyone with questions about the services we provide. While the headquarters offices are located in Austin, there are offices across the state that serve Texans.”
Phone: Dial “211” • http://hhs.texas.gov/
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
“The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works with communities to promote safe and healthy families and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We do this through investigations, services and referrals, and prevention programs.
DFPS has five major programs that do this important work:
Adult Protective Services • Protects the elderly and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation through investigations and services.
Child Protective Services • Protects children from abuse and neglect through services, foster care, and adoption.
Child Protective Investigations • Investigates reports of child abuse or neglect to determine if any child in the family has been abused or neglected. If the children aren’t safe, the investigator starts protective services.
Prevention and Early Intervention • Manages community-based programs that prevent juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect.
Statewide Intake • Takes reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation from across the state through its Texas Abuse Hotline (1-800-252-5400) and through the website TxAbuseHotline.org 24-hours a day, every day of the year.
Call the Texas Abuse Hotline if you suspect that a child or adult who is elderly or has disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited.”
800-252-5400 • http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/
Can be found on our related blog post under Williamson County.
Arts, Sports, and Recreation
“Hutto Parks and Recreation is committed to increasing the quality of life and the well being of its citizens. Through our beautiful parks, trails, events, athletic leagues, and programs we hope to provide something for everyone. Explore this page to learn more about what Parks and Recreation have to offer! “
Creekside Park & Cottonwood Trail
“Creekside Park is the connected park to Fritz Park as part of the cities trail system. The trail and the park follows an offshoot from Brushy Creek. It provides great park access to several surrounding neighborhoods.”
305 Orchard Way, Hutto, TX 78634
Country Estates Park (Hutto Community Park)
“A charming community park near the Country Estates subdivision. Don’t let the size of this park fool you, it is home to one of the largest National Night Out Hutto community events! Whether it’s a game of pick up or some time on the playground, visit Community Park, the first completed bond project from the November 2018 Bond Election for some great outdoor time. New playground, refurbished basketball court, walking trail, benches, and shade.”
514 S Pauley Dr, Hutto, TX 78634
Fritz Park & Cottonwood Trail
“Fritz Park has been one of the central parks of Hutto for many years and is the home of the Parks and Recreation office. Holmstrom Field and the Old Hippo Stadium, which have undergone a complete re-design, also call Fritz Park home. It also hosts part of the trail system of Hutto connecting under Highway 79 to Creekside Park.”
400 Park Ave, Hutto, TX 78634
Glenwood Splash Pad
“Located in the Glenwood subdivision, the Glenwood Splash Pad is Hutto’s little place to stay cool during those hot summer days. The splash pad is open (weather permitting) from the end of April through mid-October, 7 days a week from 10 am-8 pm. The splash pad is also available to rent during the operating season.”
101 Fishbaugh Ln, Hutto, TX 78634
Hutto Park at Brushy Creek
“In early 2018, Hutto acquired this property and in the spring of 2018, began making it into a park. This expansive, beautiful park is set along the banks of Brushy Creek, was home to Hutto’s July 4th Celebration, and will be the home of many future community events! Read more about the park here. “
1001 Co Rd 137, Hutto, TX 78634
Hutto Lake Park
“A scenic park nestled near the Lakeside Estates subdivision. Hutto Lake Park has beautiful walking trails and a scenic lake that includes catch and release fishing and more. It’s a little piece of nature in our own backyard. “
805 Estate Dr, Hutto, TX 78634
Round Rock Market
“Round Rock Farmers Market, Saturdays 10AM-2PM. Year-Round (Behind Ikea)”
Round Rock Market Days
“FIRST SATURDAYS (except July, 2nd Saturday) located in historical downtown Round Rock!”
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