The community of Buda arose along the route of the International-Great Northern Railroad, which was extended from Austin to San Antonio in 1880.
With history dating back to the early 1800's, Bastrop was incorporated in 1837 just 30 miles southeast of the city of Austin and has long been a small municipality with a population of about 7,200 currently. Only 7.3 square miles in size, the town is nestled on the banks of the Colorado River and widespread with beautiful parks, several gorgeous manicured golf courses, and outdoor recreation facilities including hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, tubing, and more. A family friendly destination located in the heart of the Lost Pines region, this historic town offers a wide variety of unique shops, a myriad of dining options, and the perfect place to relax in resorts, hotels, cabins, and Bed & Breakfast Inns.
Bastrop thrives on providing year-round activities and events for all ages including car shows, rodeos, market days, a tribute to the town's vast heritage with "YesterFest", and other holiday related community celebrations. The town hosts a wealth of historic, beautifully restored homes and is also home to the historic 1889 Bastrop Opera House.