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 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
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.
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
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.
Book Hotel Here > Bastrop
The Old Iron Bridge
when it was new
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Chamber of Commerce
927 Main Street, 512-321-2419
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