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BASTROP, TEXAS

Over 125 historic structures

Bastrop County Seat, Central Texas South

Hwy 71
28 miles E of Austin
17 miles S of Elgin on Hwy 95
12 miles W of Smithville on Hwy 71
Population: 7,408 (2010) 5,340 (2000) 4,044 (1990)

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A 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.
 Bastrop County courthouse , NW view, Bastrop Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
Bastrop County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Bastrop TX - Bastrop County  Jail
TE Photo, 2005
Former Bastrop County Jail
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

The Bastrop museum is at the far southern end of Main St. Hours are 12 to 4 pm Monday - Friday and Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5 pm.

Take 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. Pick up a driving tour map, and continue down to Lock's Drugstore, another must see.

One mile north of town is another interesting old iron bridge, but not celebrated like the one in town.

Bastrop Cemetery
Bastrop Cemetery
TE Photo

The cemetery 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.

Bastrop Opera House
Additional attractions include The Opera House
TE Photo

Bastrop, Texas Chronicles

  • Camp Swift
  • Murder at Camp Swift 1942 - The Tragic Death of Little Lucy Maynard
  • Withers 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...
  • Rafting 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...
  • A 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.

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  • Bastrop Old Iron Bridge construction


    The Old Iron Bridge when it was new
    Photo Courtesy of TXDoT
    Bastrop Bridge
    TE photo, 1999
    Bastrop Nearby Destinations
  • Bastrop State Park

  • Bastrop Chamber of Commerce
    927 Main Street, 512-321-2419
    Website: www.bastropchamber.com
    Bastrop Christian Church ,   Bastrop Texas
    Bastrop Texas Christian Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
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    Bastrop, Texas Area Destinations:
    See Bastrop County | Austin | Elgin | Smithville

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