The City of Hutto has a long history of being a unique community with an authentic small-town charm. First settled in the early 1830s and officially incorporated in 1911, Hutto has roots as a rural, agricultural center but has now grown to incorporate a rapidly expanding technology and light-industrial scene.
Hutto is most widely known for its community mascot: the hippo.
According to one popular local legend, in 1915, a circus train stopped at the Hutto depot to restock on supplies. During the stop, a hippopotamus escaped its car and made its way a creek near the rail line. Since the hippo showed no inclination to remove itself back to the train, residents turned out to help circus workers coax the reluctant hippo out of the muddy water. The depot agent telegraphed the neighboring communities: “Stop trains! Hippo loose in Hutto!”
Soon after the train departed with the hippo back aboard, the local high school adopted the hippopotamus as its mascot. Hutto is the only community in the United States with the hippo as its mascot.
Today, the hippo is more prominent than ever throughout Hutto. Businesses and homeowners proudly display “hippo spirit” with several thousand colorfully painted concrete hippos placed throughout the community.