Hutto, Texas: Hutto Hippo StatuesAbout 100 concrete hippos are scattered throughout the "Hippo Capital of Texas," including a large one in front of the high school, in tribute to an escaped circus hippo.
- FM 685, Hutto, TX
- NE of Austin, I-35 exit 252 at Round Rock, east on US Rt. 79, right on FM 685. Location is front of high school.
Visitor Tips and News About Hutto Hippo Statues
The biggest hippo statue in town is the mascot in front of Hutto High School.[Josh Marick, 10/24/2012]
It was fun visiting Hutto. We drove around looking for the 100 Hippos. Was not able to see them all but we saw quite a few.[Charity Roundtree, 04/08/2010]
About 100 concrete hippos are scattered throughout this community, including a large one in front of the high school. Apparently an escaped circus hippo in the early 20th century created quite a stir here. My favorite was a pair of hippos, with the girl in a yellow bikini.[Ronny, 01/01/2006]
Officially declared the "Hippo Capital of Texas" in 2003, Hutto planned at the time to order a 20 ft. tall hippo, the world's largest, as a tourism booster. Another big hippo is the high school mascot -- a cartoon version of a full-size one stands on East Street with its mouth yawning open. The legendary Hutto Hippo escaped from a circus train and waddled through town in the early 1900s.