Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hutto Hippos

Hutto Hippo
And now a small history lesson....

"According to local legend, it was in 1915 that a circus train stopped in Hutto, Texas. At some point during this layover, a hippopotamus got out of the railcar and made its way to a nearby creek. This caused much consternation for the circus workers. Local farmers and merchants watched the commotion in amusement and with interest as unsuccessful efforts were made to extricate the hippopotamus from the muddy waters of Cottonwood Creek. It is said that the Depot Agent, who at that time would have been Hal Farley, Jr., telegraphed the communities of Taylor and Round Rock that were eight miles (13 km) to the east and west of Hutto to the effect of: “STOP TRAINS, HIPPO LOOSE IN HUTTO”. After much effort the hippo was prodded from the mud and water that resembled its natural habitat and was reloaded back onto the train car. Soon afterward the Hutto School adopted the hippopotamus as its mascot and as early as 1923 the hippo appeared on official Hutto High School graduation announcements."

Hutto Hippo

So when you are in Hutto, which is close to where we live, you will see many many many many stone hippos about!

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