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Bastrop, Texas
—  City  —
Downtown Bastrop, Texas
Location of Bastrop, Texas
Coordinates: 30°6′43″N 97°19′1″W / 30.11194°N 97.31694°W / 30.11194; -97.31694Coordinates: 30°6′43″N 97°19′1″W / 30.11194°N 97.31694°W / 30.11194; -97.31694
Country United States
State Texas
County Bastrop
Area
 - Total 7.3 sq mi (18.9 km2)
 - Land 7.3 sq mi (18.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 367 ft (112 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,340
 - Density 734.8/sq mi (283.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78602
Area code(s) 512
FIPS code 48-05864[1]
GNIS feature ID 1330128[2]

Bastrop is a city and the county seat of Bastrop County, Texas, United States, located about thirty miles southeast of Austin it is part of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 5,340 at the 2000 census. By 2007, the city had an estimated population of 7,823, twice the population of the early 1970s.[1]

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History

Spanish soldiers lived temporarily at the current site of Bastrop as early as 1804, when a fort was established where the Old San Antonio Road crossed the Colorado River and named Puesta del Colorado.

Bastrop's namesake, Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop (he was actually a commoner named Philip Hendrik Nering Bogel wanted for embezzlement in his native country of the Netherlands), assisted Moses and Stephen F. Austin in obtaining land grants in Texas, and he served as S.F. Austin's land commissioner.

In 1827, Stephen F. Austin located 100 families in an area adjacent to his earlier Mexican contracts. Austin arranged for Mexican officials to name a new town there after the baron who died the same year

On June 8, 1832, the town was platted along conventional Mexican lines, with a square in the center and blocks set aside for public buildings and officially named Bastrop, but two years later the Coahuila y Texas legislature renamed it Mina in honor of Francisco Javier Mina, a Mexican martyr and hero. The town was incorporated under the laws of Texas on December 18, 1837, and the name changed back to Bastrop.

Map of city in 1887

Overlooking the center of the town is the Lost Pines Forest. Composed of loblolly pine, the forest is the center of the westernmost stand of the southern pine forest. As the only timber available in the area, the forest contributed to the local economy. Bastrop began supplying Austin with lumber in 1839 and then San Antonio, the western Texas frontier, and into Mexico.

The first edition of The Bastrop Advertiser and County News (now just The Bastrop Advertiser) was published on March 1, 1853, giving it claim to being the oldest continuously published weekly (semi-weekly since September 5, 1977) in the state of Texas.

A fire in 1862 destroyed most of downtown Bastrop's commercial buildings and the county courthouse. Thus, most current downtown structures post date the Civil War.

In 1979, the National Register of Historic Places admitted 131 Bastrop buildings and sites to its listings. This earned Bastrop the title of the "Most Historic Small Town in Texas."

Geography

The Colorado River of Texas at Bastrop Riverside Park

Bastrop is located at 30°6'43" North, 97°19'1" West (30.112057, -97.316838).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km2), of which, 7.3 square miles (18.8 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.68% water.

Three miles (5 km) northeast of the town, Lake Bastrop is a 906 acre (3.7 km2) reservoir operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority since it impounding in 1964. Although primarily used as a cooling pond for the Sim Gideon Power Plant, the lake is also used for recreation, and the LCRA maintains two public parks on the lake.

Bastrop Christian Church is located adjacent to the municipal library.
The Bastrop Library is located in the western end of the Historic District near the First Christian Church.
Calvary Episcopal Church of Bastrop is in the Historic District.
Ascension Catholic Church on Pine Street in Bastrop is across from the county courthouse.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 5340 people in Bastrop, organized into 2034 households and 1336 families. The population density is 734.8 people per square mile (283.6/km2). There are 2,239 housing units at an average density of 308.1/sq mi (118.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city is 72.34% White, 17.00% African American, 0.99% Asian, 0.73% Native American, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 7.02% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. 17.75% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,034 households out of which 32.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% are married couples living together, 15.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% are non-families. 29.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $40,212, and the median income for a family is $49,258. Males have a median income of $34,388 versus $27,582 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,862. 11.7% of the population and 10.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.6% of those under the age of 18 and 13.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

The 2006 census estimates the population of bastrop county at 71,684, a 24% growth from 2000 with a slightly lower poverty rate of 12.7% (2004). With the addition of new retail space in the town center anchored by Lowes and other planned housing development, the area is showing some growth, even with the credit and housing crunch (2008).

Historic buildings with quaint shops and restaurants line Main Street in Bastrop.
Roadhouse Restaurant on Texas State Highway 21 in Bastrop across from the entrance to Bastrop State Park

Economy

According to the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation as of 2004, the area's three largest employers are the Bastrop Independent school district, Wal-Mart, and the Bastrop County government. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa opened on June 2, 2006 and has given a huge boost to employment in the area.

Education

The Bastrop Independent School District serves Bastrop. Austin Community College conducts night and continuing education classes at the Bastrop High School.

Film industry

Several movies were at least partially filmed in Bastrop, including Lovin' Molly (1974), the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Home Fries (1998), Courage Under Fire (1996), and the 2004 remake of The Alamo. Projects not yet released include All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and Fireflies in the Garden, which was filmed in Bastrop in April 2007 starring Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts. Recently, the remake of Friday the 13th was also partially filmed in Bastrop.

Notable citizens

Bastrop is the home of professional bullrider Sid Steiner, former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, and WWE wrestler The Undertaker, Award winning singer/songwriter Tres Womack. Fiction author Carolyn Banks also resides there.

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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Bastrop is the county seat of Bastrop County, Texas, and is located about thirty miles east of Austin at 30°6'43" North, 97°19'1" West (30.112057, -97.316838). Bastrop was first settled in 1804 and incorporated on December 18, 1837. As of 2004, the city had a population of 7,006.

  • Bastrop Chamber of Commerce [1], 927 Main Street, 303-0558. M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-3PM. Visit the Chamber and pick up a free visitor's guide. If the chamber is closed, guides may be found in the box by the front door.
  • Bastrop Economic Development Corporation [2]
  • City of Bastrop [3]
  • The Bastrop Advertiser is the oldest semi-weekly newspaper in the state of Texas. It publishes twice a week and can be purchased at most area convenience stores for $.50.
  • Bastrop does not have a smoking ordinance so patrons may smoke inside restaurants, unless it is forbidden by the restaurant.

Get in

By plane

Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is 30 miles (km) west of the city center. The most practical means of travel from the airport is by rental car but taxis are available. A one way trip by taxi is about $40.00 (credit cards accepted).

Auto rental companies at the airport:

  • Advantage Rent-A-Car 530-3330
  • Alamo 530-3500
  • Avis 530-3400
  • Budget 530-3350
  • Dollar 530-2277
  • Enterprise 530-8100
  • Hertz 530-3600
  • National 530-3550
  • Thrifty 530-6811

Taxis:

  • Airport Shuttle and Taxi 303-5505

By car

The main highway through Bastrop is Texas State Highway 71 which can be picked up off Interstate Highway 35 in Austin or off Interstate Highway 10 about 75 miles west of Houston.

Get around

Loop 150 off 71 takes you through the heart of historical downtown Bastrop. Once downtown, parking is plentiful and free. Bastrop is small enough that it is practical to park and walk to boutique shops, restaurants, the new river walk and the many historic houses located in the city.

  • Bastrop County Historical Society Museum 702 Main Street. 303-0057. M-F 1pm-5pm, Sa 10am-2pm. $2.00.
  • Central Texas Museum of Automotive History Highway 304, Rosanky.(512) 237-2635 Check out the double-decker bus!
  • Bastrop Fine Arts Guild Gallery 1009 Main Street Tuesday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (512)321-8055
  • Bastrop Opera House [4] 711 Spring St. 321-6283. Professional theater productions in a historic building built in 1889.
  • Bastrop Skate Palace 488 Hwy. 95 N. 303-0320. Large indoor roller skating rink. Sessions Sa and Su 1pm-4pm.
  • Chestnut Square Family Entertainment Center [5] 1600 Chestnut Street. 581-3500. Multi-screen movie theater with stadium seating, bowling (bumpers available), indoor miniature golf and arcade
  • Bastrop State Park [6] Texas State Hwy. 21 about 1 mile east. (512) 321-2101. Su-Sa 8 am-5 pm (to 7 pm in summer) $4 per day, per person 13 and older. Located among the "Lost Pines of Texas," this 3,500-acre park has a swimming pool (summer only-fee), golf course (fee), a 10-acre lake, hiking trails, picnic tables, tent and RV campsites (fee), and 13 cabins (fee).
  • ColoVista Golf Club [7] 303-4045.
  • Fisherman's Park (City) and the Colorado River walk. Playground, Boat ramp
  • Lake Bastrop [8] This 906-acre lake offers recreational facilities in two parks, one on the north shore and one on the south shore, for boating (fee), fishing, swimming, water-skiing, picnicking, and camping (fee).
  • Lost Pines Golf Course [9] (inside Bastrop State Park) 303-1369
  • McKinney Roughs Nature Park [10] On Texas State Highway 71, 8.4 miles west of Bastrop.(512) 303-5073. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on major holidays. $3 for adults, $1 seniors, no charge for children 13 and under. Great hiking.
  • Pine Forest Golf Club [11] 303-6777.
  • White Lightning Ranch 601 Pine Tree Loop (512)680-0463 Horseback riding-great horses and very nice lady.
  • The Sugar Shack 114 Loop 150 W. 321-3777. As the name implies, all kinds of sweet treats to be had.
  • Naturally Country Clothing 601 Chestnut St. (512) 321-7002
  • Berdoll Pecan Farm 2626 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek. Tasty treats and gifts.
  • K M Skin Care 601 Chestnut St. (512) 303-7302
  • Bealls Hwy 71 at Hasler. Department store with a focus on clothing.
  • Portia's Pet Emporium 926 Main St. Fun pet supply store where "animals are welcome to bring their owners".
  • HEB Grocery 487 Hwy 71 W. 321-1011. Su-Sa 6am-midnight. Best grocery store chain in Texas. Superstore has Bakery, Deli, Meat market, 1 hour photo lab
  • Home Depot 112 Hunters Crossing Blvd. 308-1022.
  • Walgreens Hwy 71 at Hasler. 835-7531.
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter 488 Hwy 71 W. 321-2288. Open 24 hrs. Groceries. 1 hour photo lab.
  • Baxter's On Main 919 Main St. 512-321-3577. $Mid-range. Casual fine dining.

Seafood

There are currently no seafood restaurants in Bastrop.

  • Cartwright's Famous Bar-B-Que 490-A Hwy 71. 321-7719. $Mid-range.
  • Billy's Pit Bar-B-Q 110 Hwy 71 W. 321-6453. Simple bar-b-q, Texas style. The food is tasty.
  • Dairy Queen, Hwy 71. $Budget
  • Deli Depot, 1006 Main St., 321-0808, [12]. M-F 7am-3pm, Closed Weekends. Deli sandwiches & salads.
  • McDonalds, 496 Hwy 71 W., 321-1591. $Budget
  • Schlotzsky's Deli, 492 Hwy 71 West, 332-2867, [13]. $Budget
  • Sonic Drive-In, 103 Perkins St., 321-4455 $Budget
  • Subway, 447 Hwy 71 W., 321-4171. $Budget
  • Whataburger, 419 Highway 71 West, 321-0722. Open 24 hrs $Budget
  • Wendy's, 514 Hwy 71 W., 303-1580. $Budget
  • Chicken Express 107 N. Hasler Blvd. 321-6800. Great Sweet Tea!
  • Church's 102 Hwy 71 W. 303-0484. Su-Sa 10:30am-9pm.
  • China Chef 300 Hwy 71 W. 321-9802. Chinese lunch and Sunday buffets.
  • MaMa Mia's Italian Garden 904 College St. 321-7808. Tue-Thur 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:30pm, Sun 11:00am-3:00pm. Lunch Buffet Daily from 11:00am - 2:00pm.
  • Buck's Pizza 1007 Hwy 71 E. 321-0400.
  • Domino's Pizza 201 Hunter's Crossing. 321-0303. Delivery offered. $Budget
  • Little Caesar's Pizza 479 Hwy 71 West. 321-0440. $Budget
  • Pizza Hut 107 Hwy 71 W. 321-2597.
  • Anita's Cafe Main St. 303-9693. Solid Tex-Mex eatery. Consistently good food. $Mid-range
  • Taco Bell 502 Hwy 71 W. 303-6003. Su-Sa 11am-10pm (Drive through until 11pm) $Budget
  • Vallarta Jalisco Hwy 71 $Mid-range
  • Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 494 Hwy. 71 W, Suite 180. 321-3002. Su-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-11pm $Mid-range
  • Chili's Grill & Bar 734 Highway 71, 332-2644. $Mid-Range
  • Shady Oaks Restaurant, Hwy 71 W., 303-6447. This place is about 4 miles out of town between Bastrop and Austin, just west of where Hwy 21 merges with Hwy 71. The place looks suspect and the tables are a mish-mash of old dining sets and folding tables and chairs, but this place has great, down home, Southern style, stick to your ribs, kind of food. The Mexican plates are particularly good at a good price. $Mid-range.
  • Starbucks, 501 B Hwy 71 West, (512) 321-8051.
  • Texas Grill, 101 Hwy. 71, (512) 321-5491. Open 24 hrs. Country café Chicken fried steak. Cafeteria style lunch. Breakfast anytime. Was smoky in the past but is now NON-SMOKING

Big Mouth Southwestern Grill, 912 Main Street, (512)332-0074. In the middle of Downtown Bastrop. Beautiful setting, great food, live entertainment, full bar.

  • Boots Hwy 95 just past FM 1441. Beer and wine only. Live music, pool tables, DJ, and more. No kitchen.$Budget
  • Leon's Country Store FM 535 in Rockne. Quaint old beer joint, convenience store, & feed store.
  • Lone Oak Bar FM 1441 across from Boy Scout Camp. Beer joint with great old country jukebox.
  • Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, (512) 308-1234, [14]. About 10 miles west of Bastrop. Resort and spa situated on 405 acres of Central Texas landscape, adjacent to the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park along the Colorado River. Equestrian center, golf course, swimming pool with water slide, and more!!!
  • Comfort Inn, 106 Hasler Blvd., (512) 321-3303. New two story motel. In walking distance to the Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Guadalajara, Schlotzsky's Deli, Cartwright's Famous Bar-B-Que.
  • Pecan Street Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1010 Pecan St., (512) 321-3315. Located in a historic landmark home.
  • Buttonwood Row B & B, 1402 Hill St., (512) 303-5664 Located in a historic landmark home.
  • Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast, 583 Union Chapel Rd., Cedar Creek. Just east of Austin on Hwy 71 towards Austin.
  • Bastrop Inn, 102 Childers Dr., (512) 321-3949
  • Days Inn 4102 Hwy 71 E., (512) 321-1157. Fairly new two story motel. Next too a convenience store with gas but not much else but just a short drive to main part of town on Hwy 71.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 491 Agnes., (512) 321-1900. New three story motel. In walking distance to the Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Guadalajara, Schlotzsky's Deli, Cartwright's Famous Bar-B-Que.
  • Tropicana Motel 103 Hwy 71 W., (512) 321-2526. Looks like it was built in the 50s or 60s. Pool. In walking distance to Pizza Hut, Texas Grill and Sonic Drive-In.
  • Best Western Inn of the Pines, 3110 Hwy 71 E., (512) 321-6000, [15]. New two story kind of by itself, but a just short drive to main part of town on Hwy 71.
  • Bastrop River RV Park, 98 Hwy 71 W., 321-7500, [16]. Gated, paved, propane available, walkway to deck on river bank. New swimming pool, recently added!
  • Hobo Camp RV Park , 307 FM 1209, 512-332-2267.
  • Bastrop RV Park/By The Way Mobile Home Park, 689 Highway 71 West.

Get out

Bastrop is only 30 minutes (off rush hour) from Austin. The drive in to Austin on Hwy 71 is lined with antiques, gift shops, a flea market, a fossil and bonsai store, and many more central Texas cultural venues. Or you can go to Smithville to shop antiques and country kitsch. Or go to San Marcos for the outlet malls.

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