125 historic structures
Bastrop County Seat, Central
28 miles E of Austin
17 miles S of Elgin on Hwy 95
miles W of Smithville on Hwy 71
5,340 (2000) 4,044 (1990)
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
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.
The 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 pm.
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.
cemetery 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|
Old Iron Bridge when it was new
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