Hutto exemplified pioneer spirit
This 1902 photograph courtesy of the Hugh S. Davenport, Sr., Collection shows a crowd of people on the west side of East Street and illustrates the pioneer and settler spirit that predominated in Hutto and Texas at that time.
While most of the people pictured are Anglo men, in close-ups one can also clearly identify African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, women and children.
This photo also illustrates the rapid growth on East Street when compared with the pre-1892 photograph featured in the Sept. 5th edition of The Hutto News that only showed the first two buildings as having been constructed.
One might also notice from that photo comparison that awnings were not original to at least the first two buildings pictured to the left.
Awnings were used on buildings along the street to help screen out some of the morning and midday sun and heat. Most of the people pictured also wore hats to protect themselves from the hot Texas sun.
Horses, wagons and buggies were the mainstay of transportation at this time, and to the south of this photograph was the Hutto Depot and railyard that was established with the coming of the International & Great Northern Railroad to Hutto in 1876.
Dr. Wayne Bell, a past professor at the University of Texas School of Architecture and historical preservation visionary, declared these nine special buildings on the west side of East Street in Hutto to be, “...one of the best remaining examples of turn of the century Texas main street architecture.”
Look for more of these one picture stories in the The Hutto News.
Mike Fowler is a local historian and author who served for 25 years as City Councilman and Mayor of the City of Hutto. Mike is past chair of the Hutto Historical Preservation Commission and chair of the Hutto Heritage Foundation. He is the author of three books, The Capitol Story: Statehouse in Texas, Hutto Lutheran Church: A Century of Community Faith and Images of America Hutto. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.