Little River-Academy came to be when two towns merged to form a single community in 1980. However, the towns were not always one and have a long history that dates back to the Republic of Texas.
In the 1800s, Little River was sometimes referred to Little River Fort, as Fort Griffin was located on the river and was built close to the future site of the booming community. Early settlers of the area lived in close proximity to the fort as a way to defend themselves from Indian attacks.
Today, Little River-Academy is home to 1,992 individuals, according to the 2020 U.S. Census.
When making a visit to Little River-Academy, make sure to enjoy a burger from Bumble Burgers. Or, if you’re in the mood for some authentic Mexican food, head on over to El Sarape. And you’re going to want to head to Academy Donuts for dessert!
Little River-Academy is a short ride away from the Temple, Texas mall, Temple Town Center, Bird Creek Crossing, and other local shops like The Parlour Antiques and Oddities, Shar’s Consignment Boutique, Brickwood Boutique.
Enjoy a day out on the drag at Little River Dragway, one of the oldest racetracks in the state.
On the edge of town lies Fort Griffin, also known as Little River Fort. The fort was built in 1836 by a unit of Texas Rangers under the command of Lt. George B. Erath. It was named a historical marker in 1969.
Arts & Entertainment
Whatever event you’re hosting, Timeless Memories Event Center is the perfect place to book. This rustic 5,000 square-foot event center dates back to 1911 and adds the right amount of charm to this Texas town.