LITTIG, TEXAS. Littig is on the Southern Pacific line two miles south of U.S. Highway 290 and eighteen miles northeast of Austin in eastern Travis County. It is said to be one of the oldest black communities in the state. The townsite was laid out in 1883 on land donated by Jackson Morrow, a former slave. The town was named for A. B. Littig, former general division agent of the Houston and Texas Central Railway, who surveyed the townsite. A church and a 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. 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 community began to decline during the 1930s; its population fell from an estimated 150 in 1936 to thirty-five by the 1940s. The Littig schools were consolidated with the Manda district in 1952. The post office at Littig was discontinued in 1954, and mail for the community was sent to 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.
Austin History Center Files. Mary Starr Barkley, History of Travis County and Austin, 1839–1899 (Waco: Texian Press, 1963). Card Files, Division of State Funding, Texas Education Agency, Austin. John J. Germann and Myron Janzen, Texas Post Offices by County (1986). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "LITTIG, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnl33), accessed February 09, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history everyday,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles