Hutto, Texas: Hutto Hippo Statues

Hundreds of concrete hippos are scattered throughout the "Hippo Capital of Texas," including life-size ones in front of city hall and the high school, in tribute to an escaped circus hippo that waddled through town in 1915.
Address:
FM 685, Hutto, TX
Directions:
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. Another big one is in front of city hall.
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A bounty of hippos in Hutto.

Hutto Hippo Statues

A colorful art hippo stands outside the H-E-B grocery store in Hutto.

[Angela O'Brien, 10/03/2019]

Hippo statue.

Hutto Hippo Statues

The biggest hippo statue in town is the mascot in front of Hutto High School.

[Josh Marick, 10/24/2012]

FSB Hippo.

Hutto Hippo Statues

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]

A Hutto Hippo.

Hutto Hippo Statues

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.

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