Bastrop County Historical Commission

Bastrop, Texas 78602

Ken Kesselus, Chair


Bastrop County Offices

County Courthouse

Office of Judge Paul Pape

804 Pecan Street

Bastrop, Texas 78602


Welcome to the Bastrop County Historical Commission (BCHC) website. We hope you will find this site informative and educational. The BCHC is an arm of the county government appointed by the Commissioners Court for the purpose of documenting the history of the communities within Bastrop County.


If you are searching for historical information about Bastrop County cemeteries, historic landmarks, or any other history-related question you may have, or if you have questions about the Bastrop County Historical Commission, we hope to provide answers and/or links to the answers.


If you have any questions not addressed here, or have suggestions for the website or the BCHC, or information you would like to share, please contact us.


If you're interested in Bastrop County history, please join us at one of our quarterly meetings!


All quarterly meetings are held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bastrop County Courthouse Annex on the second Thursday of March, June, September and December unless otherwise noted in the public notice. (At times the BCHC holds meetings at one of the county museums.) BCHC quarterly meetings provide an open invitation to the public to bring new projects to our attention or you may contact us at your convenience.


We look forward to working with Bastrop County residents to acknowledge and preserve our remarkable historic sites.

For more information about Bastrop County, go to: or to


Bastrop County Through the Years:  

Many thanks to the Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin Chambers of Commerce. Special appreciation to the Bastrop County Historical Society, the Elgin Historical Association, the Smithville Heritage Society and the McDade Historical Society Museum.


A 1991 interview with historian Clyde Reynolds by Jack Webb:

Clyde Reynolds served as a tax assessor-collector in Bastrop County for 25 years. Here he is interviewed by Jack Webb who, at that time, was an attorney in Elgin. Reynolds, 1912-2000, relays his memories of growing up in Bastrop.


How Texas Began:

Stan Ginsel has researched the life of the Baron, from his youth to his death. He is working to dispel the false rumor the Baron was "a bit of a scoundrel." Instead, the Baron was instrumental in Texas becoming Texas, and should be recognized for his valuable contribution to our state's history. For more information about the Baron de Bastrop click here

© 2020 by the Bastrop County Historical Commission

Call us: 512-940-7897

Bastrop County Historical Commission

@ Judge Paul Pape

804 Pecan Street, Bastrop, Texas 78602

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