2008 United States ARDF Championships
Some fun facts about Bastrop, Texas, and the surrounding areas:
Bastrop is among the oldest cities in Texas. It was first settled in
1804 by a handful of German immigrants and Spanish soldiers. The city
was incorporated in 1832, four years prior to the Revolution.
The town is named after the Baron de Bastrop, an early German settler
and personal friend of Stephen F. Austin. From 1832 to 1837, the town
was named Mina, after Francisco Xavier Mina, a Mexican martyr and hero.
Bastrop County residents voted against the secession of Texas from the
United States in a referendum in 1861.
Major industries in Bastrop County have included lumber production and
lignite coal mining.
Portions of several major motion pictures have been filmed in Bastrop,
including the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Courage
Under Fire (1996), and The Alamo (2004).