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Wilde About Texas: Museum celebrates Bastrop's history
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The museum on Bastrop's Main Street has been celebrating history for nearly 60 years.
The museum was established in 1952. It was created to preserve and promote the history of Bastrop County. Bastrop’s original settlement was officially laid out in 1832 by Stephen F. Austin, the man also known as the father of Texas.
In the War for Texas Independence, Bastrop played a vital role.
"It had three men that signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. It had 60 [men] that fought the battle of San Jacinto and several that were killed at the battle of the Alamo," Museum Administrator Barbara Vana said.
Later this year, the museum exhibits will be relocated to a new, more spacious home just down the street. Vana hopes the new location will entice more visitors to discover the county's history.
The Bastrop Visitor's Center will also relocate this fall. It will share the same building as the Bastrop County Historical Society Museum.