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LA BAHÍA ROAD
Washington County, Texas

Scenic Highway FM 390

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La Bahia Road barn and farm house

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
  • Gay Hill
  • Independence
  • William Penn
    From William Penn, another 5 miles to Hwy 105, where a short drive NE will take you to:
  • Washington and
  • Washington-on-the-Brazos


    Related Area Destinations:
  • La Grange
  • Fayette County Towns & Ghost Towns
  • 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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  • La Bahia scenic highway pastural scene

    A pastural scene on La Bahia Road
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    Mount Zion cemetery angel
    Mt Zion Cemetery
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