Monday, March 7, 2016

The Wind Is Blowing in a Different Direction

Hi everybody.  My normal posts have been about historical Kansas because my Jesse Series takes place there, but I'm jumping into a different area!  TEXAS!  My newest trilogy will start in Bastrop, Texas.  So I have been doing some research on the Lone Star State and have come up with some interesting facts and wonderful stories.......

Let me start with what I found out about Bastrop, known as Heart of the Lost Pines!


Bastrop’s historical roots run deep. The number of buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places has earned Bastrop the title “Most Historic Small Town in Texas.” A rich harvest of classic Texas folklore and architecture exists today. Originally the site served as a meeting ground for the Tonkawa and other Southwestern Indians. It also provided a vital Colorado River crossing on the Old San Antonio Road El Camino Real de los Tejas. It was not until 1821, however, that Stephen F. Austin journeyed through the area and determined to build a settlement on the site

The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. -
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.gHWHJ6Fh.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.gHWHJ6Fh.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.gHWHJ6Fh.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.gHWHJ6Fh.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf
The City of Bastrop is among the oldest towns in Texas. First settled in 1804 and officially established on June 8, 1832, Bastrop founder Stephen F. Austin named the city for his longtime friend and co-worker, the Baron de Bastrop. Three Bastropians signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, several died at the Alamo, and the town evacuated and was destroyed during the ‘Runaway Scrape’, when the army of Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, swept through Bastrop. - See more at: http://www.bastropedc.org/history-bastrop-texas#sthash.Hz2hLCFP.dpuf

National Currency Issued for
the First National Bank of Bastrop

 

First National Bank of Bastrop, TX, Charter #4093. Series of 1902. $10 Third Charter Plain Back, Fr-626, Fine. This pleasing example has only one signature and the colors are slightly faded, but it is well centered and solid for the grade. The census reports that only two large size notes have survived from this bank that was chartered in 1889 and was the only bank in town. Only $810 in large currency was outstanding in 1935.






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A tidbit of modern info....

Movies that have been Filmed in Bastrop

The following movies were  filmed in Bastrop.  The information is from the Internet Movie Database: "http://www.imdb.com".  The ones that say TV are made for TV movies. The last numbers are the ratings out of 10. You can also find a list of Texas movies at http://www.governor.state.tx.us/film/filmography.htm.

1. Bed of Lies (1992)  (TV)  7.4/10
2. Courage Under Fire (1996)  6.9/10
3. Deadly Family Secrets (1995) (TV)  6.1/10
4. Home Fries (1998)  5.0/10
5. Little Boy Blue (1998)  5.8/10
6. Lovin' Molly (1974)  7.4/10
7. Only Thrill, The (1998)  6.4/10
8. Soul Collector (1999) (TV)  7.7/10
9. Texas Funeral, A (1999)  7.4/10
10. Two for Texas (1998) (TV)  4.6/10 


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 Gabe, The Thornton Trilogy, Book 1



Gabe Thornton inherits the Double Bar Ranch from good friend and neighbor Bill (Pappy) Thomas, but there are conditions.   Last Will and Testament states five hundred acres have been set aside for his only niece, or interested heirs.  The property must be lived on for a year or said acreage will revert back to Gabe.


Molly Blackburn shows up in Bastrop, Texas, to claim the land her great uncle has left her.  Though she knows nothing about cattle ranching, she has no other choice when her father passes away.

Gabe is sure she won’t last a month and he tells her so, but greenhorn or not, she swears she will be there till the bitter end, no matter what! 
Will she give up her land or will she find more than just a cattle ranch in Bastrop?
http://www.amazon.com/Gabe-Thornton-Trilogy-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01CC4OAKM 


I would love to give an ebook to one selected commenter.  Be sure to leave your email address!

4 comments:

  1. My daughter used to live in Bastrop. I love to read a book and be able to visualize the setting because I've been there. It makes it more personal, and I had no idea so many movies have been filmed in the town. How interesting! ssn_royal@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks Susan for stopping by. This is my 2nd story based there. I would love to go check it out.....

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  2. I jokingly say, that when I drive through Texas it's Historic marker every other mile with cactus in between. While I prefer the mountains of Colorado, my mind and car love to visit for the very reasons you state, it is rich in history and proud of it. Thanks for adding to my knowledge. Angela/Doris

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    1. As always, Doris, thanks for the support!

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