125 historic structures
Seat, Central Texas
30° 6' 43" N, 97° 19' 1" W (30.111944, -97.316944)
28 miles E of Austin
17 miles S of Elgin on Hwy 95
12 miles W of Smithville
on Hwy 71
Population: 8,802 Est. (2017)
7,218 (2010) 5,340 (2000) 4,044 (1990)
Main Street that has appeared in many movies and TV movies, Bastrop's
Main Street is a world and a half a mile away from the Highway businesses
that are what most travelers think is Bastrop.
Crossing the Old Iron Bridge that spans the Colorado,
you immediately know you aren't in the fast lane, or Kansas either.
Immediately to the right you'll find the Crossing, a pleasant
escape where you can eat, drink, buy some clothing, baked goods and
even launch a canoe. Bed and Breakfast accommodations are available.
Walk along the river to Fisherman's Park or return for a stroll
down Main Street.
Historic buildings abound and there's even more in the residential
areas. There's no Courthouse Square, but there's a Courthouse
and a matching
jail connected by catwalk.
In December, 2012 the Bastrop County Historical Society
moved its museum and Visitor Center to 904 Main Street (in the downtown
historic district). The Museum and Visitor Center are open Monday
through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Travel brochures, maps and information can be obtained at the Visitor
your time walking to the north end of Main. Restaurants,
antique stores, shops and a "proper" bookstore (Main Street Books)
with an excellent Texana section. The Chamber of Commerce
is here too, at 927 Main.
One mile north of town is another interesting old iron bridge,
but not celebrated like the one in town.
is a good one, consult your driving tour. Nice hilltop view. Walk
up the hill, don't drive especially if it's rained recently. It's
a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't like to become a resident.
attractions include The Opera House
at Camp Swift 1942 - The Tragic Death of Little Lucy Maynard
by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
Back in Texas' trail-driving days, a cow pony could cause a man
an awful lot of worry - especially a horse with idiosyncrasies...
Cotton from Bastrop to Matagorda by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")
Hard to imagine Bastrop as an inland port, but during the 1840s
and continuing through the Civil War, Central Texans saw the Colorado
River not so much as a source of drinking water or place to fish
as a transportation artery connecting them with the Gulf of Mexico...
True Story of Texas Vengeance by Mike Cox
Real or imagined, the tale's illustrative of life -- and violent
death -- during Reconstruction, a period of continuing incivility
following the decidedly uncivil Civil War.
The Old Iron Bridge when it was new
Photo Courtesy of TXDoT
927 Main Street, 512-321-2419
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