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LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY, TEXAS

Bell County, North Central Texas

Hwy 95 and FM 436
8 miles S of Temple
66 miles N of Austin via I-35
Population: 1,978 (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 watertower
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Little River Academy Chronicles

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