Bastrop is a growing town with a population of about 8,000 people. It is known for the many historical homes in town and it’s vibrant Main Street with businesses along the river. The historic district is filled with a variety of restaurants and shops. Bastrop is also home to two State Parks, Bastrop State Park and Buescher, and McKinney Roughs is also just a short drive and is a great area for hiking and horseback riding. From kayaking the river to hiking to playing golf, Bastrop offers many outdoor activities for the entire family.
Bastrop is one of the oldest towns in Texas. It was first settled in 1804 and officially established in 1832 by Stephen F. Austin. He named the city after one of his good friends and co-workers, the Baron de Bastrop. Beforehand, it served as a vital crossing point of the Colorado River on the Old San Antonio Road, El Camino Real de los Tejas. Before the first Spanish explorers crossed the territory, the area around Bastrop was occupied by the Tonkawa and other Southwestern Indians.
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