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Ellinger, Texas
Ellinger post office
Ellinger post office
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Coordinates: 29°50′18″N 96°42′16″W / 29.83833°N 96.70444°W / 29.83833; -96.70444Coordinates: 29°50′18″N 96°42′16″W / 29.83833°N 96.70444°W / 29.83833; -96.70444
Country United States
State Texas
County Fayette
Elevation
293 ft (89 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
78938
Area code(s) 979

Ellinger is a city in Fayette County, Texas, United States. The population was at 203 as of 2021. It is located on the highway TX-71 about 12 miles (19 km) southeast of La Grange and 2.0 miles (3.2 km) from the Colorado County line.

Historical development

The post office was established in 1877, and within a year the population had risen to approximately 100 residents. Production of cotton carried the local economy in the early 1900s, and in previous eras Ellinger was a commercial center for farmers of cotton within the region. The focus of the agricultural economy shifted to ranching and grains by mid century. As of 1990, about 200 people resided in the town.

In 2011 the community had three businesses. Gerald E. McLeod of the Austin Chronicle said in 2011 that Ellinger was a "speed trap."

Although it is unincorporated, Ellinger has a post office, with the ZIP code of 78938.

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