Bastrop in Bastrop County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Early History of the City of Bastrop
Because El Camino Real crossed the Colorado River here, this was a strategic spot. In 1805 the Fort “Puesta del Colorado” and accompanying community were founded here to protect commerce on the road. In 1825 this area became “Mina,” one of the first settlements in the colony of Stephen F. Austin. It was named for revolutionary leader Xavier Mina.
In the years that followed, many members of its first 100 families served in the Texas Revolution (1836), the Mexican War (1846-1848), and were active in political life in the Republic and State of Texas.
In 1837 when the town incorporated, the name was changed to “Bastrop” to honor the Baron de Bastrop, influential early land agent and statesman. The city was also designated county seat in 1837.
From 1851-1870, this was seat of Bastrop Military Academy, an important Texas school. First courthouse was built in 1853; present one in 1883 on the same spot.
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 30° 6.642′ N, 97° 17.594′ W. Marker is in Bastrop, Texas, in Bastrop County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Chestnut Street (State Highway 21) and Loop State Highway 150, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the entrance to Bastrop State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 Highway 21 E, Bastrop TX 78602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lost Pines of Texas (here, next to this marker); The Gotier Trace (a few steps from this marker); Bastrop County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Felipe Entrique Neri, Baron De Bastrop (approx. 0.6 miles away); War Babies (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fairview Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomas H. Mays (approx. 1.3 miles away); Captain James Burleson (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bastrop.
Categories. • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2014, by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2014, by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. 3. submitted on April 22, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.