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LA BAHÍA ROAD
Washington County, Texas

Scenic Highway FM 390

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TX - La Bahia scenic highway pastural scene
A pastural scene on La Bahia Road
Photo by John Troesser, 2002

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally an east-west Indian trail - La Bahia extended from western Louisiana into southeast Texas. It later included the towns of Washington-on-the-Brazos , Independence and extended to Goliad - which was once known as La Bahia.


The Brazos River was crossed near the mouth of the Navasota River in (present Grimes County) and the Colorado River was crossed just north of present-day La Grange where the city of Colorado City was platted.

A portion of the trail was also known as the Opelousas Road when it served as a cattle trail to take herds of cattle to market in New Orleans (via Opelousas). Another portion of the road was known as the Atascosito Trail.

The Drive

Designated the first scenic highway in Texas, La Bahia is now marked by signs identifying it numerically as Hwy 390 from Burton, Texas to Washington. Click on towns below for travel detail:
FM 390
  • Burton
  • Mount Zion Cemetery
  • Long Point
  • Gay Hill
  • Independence
  • William Penn
    From William Penn, another 5 miles to Hwy 105, where a short drive NE will take you to:
  • Washington
  • Washington-on-the-Brazos
  • Mount Zion cemetery angel
    Mt Zion Cemetery
    TE photo
    Independence, Texas
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, May 2008
    Independence
    Independence TX Old Baylor Park Family amid Wildflower
    Photo by John Troesser, April 2010
    Friday Afternoon in Spring at Old Baylor Park
    Washington Park TX
    TE Photo, September 2002
    Washington
    Barrington Farm - Anson Jones Home
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, September 2010
    Washington-on-the-Brazos
    TX - La Bahia Road barn and farm house
    La Bahia Road
    Photo by John Troesser, 2002
    Photo by John Troesser, 2002
    Photo by John Troesser, 2002
    Washington County TX - Creek Off La Bahia
    A creek off La Bahia Road
    Photo by John Troesser, 2002
    Washington County TX - A bridge off La Bahia
    A bridge off La Bahia
    Photo by John Troesser, 2002

    Related Area Destinations:

  • Fayette County - Towns & Ghost Towns
  • La Grange - Fayette County seat
  • Colorado City and The Manton Family Cemetery: A lost town, almost the Capital of Texas
  • La Bahia (the community) - Hwy 237 (South of US 290)
  • Goliad

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