In the 1850s southern cotton farmers and ranchers began moving to the Williamson county area. Within a few years, just west of here in Round Rock, longhorn steers were guided on the cattle drives north along the Old Chisholm Trail to the railroads in Kansas . In 1876 the rail lines were built to reach this area, and by the 1890’s the small towns of Hutto and Taylor boomed with the planting, picking, and rail shipment as cotton dominated the area economy.
In 1916 a circus train stopped for water and a hippopotamus managed to escape to wallow in the waters of nearby Cottonwood Creek. Rail workers telegraphed ahead to ‘HOLD THE TRAINS…Hippo loose in Hutto’. A decade or so later the local school adopted the Hippo as the school mascot.
Currently you will find hippos everywhere in Hutto. Concrete yard art Hippos of all sizes and decorated in many styles are all over the city.
To the south on East St. are many interesting small businesses – offering custom made jewelry – gifts and creative design assistance, a small grocery, bakery and environmental bird watching
For many years this area along Texas 79 area lingered as a quiet village while the nearby State Capitol of Austin continued to thrive. Now, in the new millennium, Hutto is entering a period of great growth due to its easy commute to Austin and the recent opening of State Highway 130. The City of Hutto has grown from a small town of 630 residents in 1900 to a dynamic and friendly community of almost 20,000.
What a great community – just a friendly, diverse, small town with access to a major (slightly weird) metro area. We love the Hutto area – our customers include – Austin techies, Georgetown retirees, area farmers, recent newcomers – and travelers from across Texas who stop whenever driving through our area. Being a unique cafe (not a chain) we’re the perfect place to bring Mom, Dad, Grandma & Grandpa when they come to visit. Hope to see y’all soon.