This town has a unique history that stems back to the Louisiana Purchase and continues today. Originally founded by an embezzling Dutch Baron during the early 1800s and playing a key part as a confederate stronghold during the Civil War, Bastrop has seen its fair share of ups and downs. The town itself has grown, much like its population, and industries like forestry, cotton farming, and agriculture gave it an ideal part to play as the seat of Morehouse Parish. Most people who travel through this part of the state stop by to see the ornate Parish Courthouse and enjoy the great outdoors.
The Wilds of Louisian
If you are in the mood for a little outdoor adventure, then look no further than the city limits. Just outside of Bastrop lies a huge swath of nationally protected land that stretches more than 18 miles of wildlife refuge. The Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge is home to some great animal sightseeing and, if you look closely, you can spot geese, deer, gators, turkeys, and even a bald eagle or two. There are some great hiking and biking trails throughout the park, and many locals like to take a day off and just explore the area on foot.