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Bastrop is the county seat of Bastrop County, Texas, and is located about thirty miles southeast of Austin at 30°6'43" North, 97°19'1" West (30.112057, -97.316838). As of 2003 the city had a population of 6682. Bastrop was first settled in 1804 and incorporated on December 18, 1837. It was probably, Stephen F. Austin who named the town. Originally, Baron de Bastrop had obtained permission from the Spanish to found a German colony and selected the site in 1823, but the baron failed to actully establish a settlement. In 1827, Austin obtained permission again, this time to locate 100 families in the area. Austin kept the name Bastrop in honor of the baron. From there, the settlement slowly took hold.


  • Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, 927 Main Street, 303-0558. M-F 8 AM-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.