Ellinger is a rural unincorporated community in Fayette County, Texas,United States. It is located on State Highway 71 (SH 71),about 12 miles (19 km) southeast of La Grange and 2.0 miles (3.2 km) from the Colorado County line.It is situated on a well-used route between Austinand Houston. Farm to Market Road 2503 starts at a stop sign on SH 71 in Ellinger and heads to the northeast.
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.
Looking northeast on FM 2503 near Highway 71
Hruska's Store and Bakery in Ellinger
US Post Office on FM 2503 in Ellinger