Hillje is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 59 (US 59) and FM 441 in western Wharton County, approximately 18 miles west of Wharton. The community was named for Fred Hillje, who purchased part of a local ranch in 1888. Many of its earliest settlers were of Czech and German descent.
Today, Hillje is a small unincorporated community with several businesses. Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse is one of the largest businesses in Hillje as well as one of the top employers. Public education is provided by the Louise Independent School District. The district's campuses are located in Louise, a few miles west of Hillje on U.S. Highway 59 (US 59).
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hillje, Texas
- Hillje, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Louise-Hillje Chamber of Commerce
- Louise Independent School District
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