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LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY, TEXAS


Bell County, North Central Texas

3059'N 9721'W (30.9851, -97.3551)

Hwy 95 and FM 436
9 miles SE of Belton the county seat
8 miles S of Temple
66 miles N of Austin via I-35
ZIP code 76554
Area code 254
Population: 2,038 Est. (2019)
1,961 (2010) 1,645 (2000) 1,390 (1990)

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Little River Texas early store building
One of Little River's early buildings put to good use today
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History in a Pecan Shell

Little River goes way back to 1836 when a fort was constructed on the Little River for protection against Comanches. Two fights with Comanches occurred in 1837. Texas forces abandoned the structure when Texas joined the Union but it was used on occasion by Rangers when they were passing through the area.

A man named Moses Griffin was a caretaker of sorts and his name was sometimes used in connection to the fort. This "Fort Griffin" had nothing to do with the Fort Griffin near Albany, Texas way up in Shackelford County. Moses ended up dismantling the fort and used the timber on his farm.

The railroad came through in the 1880s and the population swelled to 25 people in 1890.

There were two other communities nearby - Sparks and Academy. In 1925 the 3 schools consolidated into the Academy Independent School District.

Little River
, Texas merged with Academy, Texas in 1980, which gives the community its present name.

Little River Academy water tower
Little River Academy water tower
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    Little River Academy, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Belton the county seat
    Temple
    Taylor
    Georgetown
    Austin
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