Littig, Texas

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Littig
Unincorporated community
Littig is located in Texas
Littig
Littig
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°19′11″N 97°26′58″W / 30.31972°N 97.44944°W / 30.31972; -97.44944Coordinates: 30°19′11″N 97°26′58″W / 30.31972°N 97.44944°W / 30.31972; -97.44944
Country United States
State Texas
County Travis
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 1340003[1]

Littig /lɪˈtɪɡ/ is a small unincorporated community in eastern Travis County, Texas, United States established in 1883. Littig is on the Southern Pacific line two miles (3 km) south of U.S. Highway 290 and eighteen miles (29 km) northeast of the state capital, Austin, in eastern Travis County. It began with one of the oldest black communities in the state, and now has a diverse population. The Littig Cemetery is located nearby.

Geography[edit]

Littig is located 18 miles (29 km) east-northeast of the state capital, Austin, and 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Elgin. The community is in easternmost Travis County.

Littig is on the Southern Pacific line, 2 miles (3.2 km) south of U.S. Highway 290.[2] Littig is surrounded by blackland prairie soil, appropriate for growing cotton, maize and corn. An important creek, part of the watershed, meanders along the Southern Pacific right-of-way with numerous wooden trestles near Littig.

History[edit]

The townsite was laid out in 1883 on land donated by Jackson Morrow, a former slave. The original plat placed the train depot in the center of a one square mile area. The town was named for A. B. Littig, former general division agent of the Houston and Texas Central Railway, who surveyed the townsite, following the practice of naming new railroad towns after officers of the company. It had a railroad depot and locomotive water tank. A church and school were built in 1887 on land donated by J. W. Bitting. In 1889 a post office was established there with Thomas B. Fowler as postmaster. (The Houston and Texas Central Railway was succeeded by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company). By 1900 Littig had a general store, two cotton gins, three churches, and 168 residents. In 1907 the Littig common school district had three one-teacher schools for 185 black students and a one-teacher school for thirty-three white students. The population of Littig and many other small Texas communities such as nearby Kimbro, Manda and Lund began to decline during the 1930s due to advances in automobile transportation and mechanized agriculture; its population fell from an estimated 150 in 1936 to thirty-five by the 1940s. The Littig schools were consolidated with the Manda Common School District in 1952. The post office at Littig was discontinued in 1954, and mail for the community was sent via Elgin in Bastrop County. A church and several houses marked the community's location on topographic maps of the area in the 1980s. The population of Littig was reported as thirty-seven from the late 1960s through 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "LITTIG, TX,". "LITTIG, TEXAS". In Texas State Historical Association. The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 

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