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Bastrop County, Texas

US county information
NameBastrop County
StateTexas
SeatBastrop
US Area
Total Area896 sq mi (2320.6 km2)
Land Area888 sq mi (2299.9 km2)
Water Area8 sq mi (20.7 km2)
Population71700 (2010)
Density31.2/km2 (80.7/sq mi)
Named forFelipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Bastrop County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2006, the population was 71,700. Its county seat is Bastrop . Bastrop County is named for Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop (he was actually a commoner named Philip Hendrik Nering Bogel wanted for embezzlement in his native country of the Netherlands), an early Dutch settler who assisted Stephen F. Austin in obtaining land grants in Texas. (See List of Texas county name etymologies.)

In September 2011 Bastrop County suffered the most destructive wildfire in Texas history, which destroyed over 1,600 homes.


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