We were drawn to the city of Hutto, Texas, for one reason, but its history was a story in itself.
She responded, "Not for long" and briefly mentioned that the city leaders were working to restore buildings, rejuvenate the downtown, and protect the town's heritage. She was very convincing.
"According to local legend, it was in 1915 that a circus train stopped in Hutto at the depot to take on passengers, pick up mail and possibly take on water and fuel for the steam locomotive. The circus train workers also would have taken this opportunity to care for their animals. At some point during this historic layover, it is said that the hippo got out of the railcar and made its way to the nearby Cottonwood Creek causing 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 troublesome 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., had to telegraph the communities of Taylor and Round Rock that were eight miles to the east and west of Hutto to the effect of: 'Stop trains, hippo loose in Hutto'.
Finally, when Hutto School adopted the hippopotamus as its mascot (as early as 1923 it appeared on the Hutto High School official graduation announcements) the hippopotamus was firmly associated with the history and life of Hutto.
I can just hear those cheers resounding around the football field on Friday nights: "Touchdown, Hippos!"