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Bastrop State Park
Location Bastrop County, Texas
Nearest city Bastrop
Coordinates 30°6′31″N 097°16′55″W / 30.10861°N 97.28194°W / 30.10861; -97.28194Coordinates: 30°6′31″N 097°16′55″W / 30.10861°N 97.28194°W / 30.10861; -97.28194
Area 5,926 acres (2,398 ha)
Established 1938
Governing body Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Bastrop State Park
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
Bastrop State Park Lake is surrounded by the "Lost Pines of Texas" and is prime breeding ground for the Houston toad
Bastrop State Park is located in Texas
Nearest city: Bastrop, Texas
Coordinates: 30°6′39″N °16′25″W / 30.11083°N 0.27361°W / 30.11083; -0.27361Coordinates: 30°6′39″N °16′25″W / 30.11083°N 0.27361°W / 30.11083; -0.27361
Built/Founded: 1933
Architect: Maier, Herbert et al.; Henry, A.R. et al.
Architectural style(s): Bungalow/Craftsman, Other
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: September 25, 1997[1]
Designated NHLD: September 25, 1997[2]
NRHP Reference#: 97001242

Bastrop State Park is a state park in Bastrop County in central Texas. The park was established in 1938 and consists of stands of Loblolly pines mixed with post oak and junipers.

Entrance to Bastrop State Park off Texas State Highway 21

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History

Over 2,000 acres (810 ha) for the park was donated to the state by the city of Bastrop in 1938. Companies 1805 and 1811 of the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the park facilities between 1933 and 1939 using native stone to blend with the landscape. The facilities were designed by architect Arthur Fehr[3].

The State of Texas purchased an additional 1,450 acres (590 ha) in 1979 and another 1,000 acres (400 ha) in 2000 to expand the golf course from 9 holes to 18 holes. Subsequent land purchases by the state in 2001 brought the park to its current size of 5,926 acres (2,398 ha).

Features

The park's trails include a 8.5-mile (13.7 km) loop through the park's undeveloped area. There is also an 18-hole golf course, open all year round, that winds through the forest. There is a large swimming pool open during the summer months.

Bastrop State Park is 4 miles (6.4 km) to the west of Buescher State Park, and the two are connected by a scenic road.

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Flora

The main feature of the park is the stands of Loblolly Pine trees. This pine woodland is isolated from the main body of East Texas pines by approximately 100 miles (160 km) of post oak woodlands giving the Bastrop State Park Loblollies the nickname the "Lost Pines of Texas."

Fauna

Bastrop State Park is home to the largest mating group of the endangered Houston toad on public land. Areas of the park are closed to the public during the toad's mating season in February, March and April. The park also has White-tailed deer, rabbits, squirrels, Virginia Opossums and Nine-banded Armadillos. Northern Cardinals are one of the species of birds found in the park.

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  
  2. ^ "Bastrop State Park". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1646763683&ResourceType=District. Retrieved 2008-06-26.  
  3. ^ "Interpretive Guide to Bastrop and Buescher State Parks". Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). 2004. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_p4505_0043p.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-11.  

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