About The First National Bank of Bastrop

The Bastrop History Mural - Time Line Panel

Timeline Panel Left Half: 1800 to 1900 (above)

1-1b. Presence of native "Indians" and isolated farms led to years of constant conflict.
2. 1833, Josiah Wilbarger Scalping, the dream and rescue
3. 1823, Mexican Republic flag
4. 1830, Wolfenbarger cemetery
5. 1835-36, Alamo
6. Burning of Bastrop
7. Noah Smithwick and “Uncle Jimmy” Curtice drink to the Mexicans' confusion
8. Palisade. These wooden structures were built and provided with cannon to signal present danger.
9. First offcial Texas national flag, adopted May 1836, designed by Lorenzo de Zavala
10. "Dream” of the Texas Capital: Our favorite story is that Bastrop lost the capital to Waterloo by a single vote.
11. Nash's ferry
12. Log raft floating lumber to market, often carrying other freight, too
13. Lumber production
14. 1845, annexation as a state of the union, The flag is shown with 28 stars
15. 1851, First Methodist Church is first to have its own building
16. 1851, The Academy. Sam Houston sent son, Sam Jr., and is represented regaling students
17. The Water Mockasin
18. 1854, First courthouse
19. 1853, Bastrop Advertiser established
20. 1860, Bastrop County votes against secession, but supports the war effort anyway.
21. Flag of the 17th Texas infantry, organized in Bastrop
22. Women held the local society together in their men's absence, even farming the fields.
23. 1871, Arrival of railroad in county
24. 1886, Episcopal Church
25. 1886, Catholic Church
26. 1883, “New” courthouse
27. 1887, Baptist Church
28. 1885, Arrival of railroad in city of Bastrop
29. Casino building used as a school
30. 1886, Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church
31. 1883, Hanke cotton gin (Elgin)
32. 1883, Elgin Press Brick Company
33. 1891, Emile High School
34. Bastrop Opera House
35. Bastrop High School
36. 1890, New First National Bank buildings, showing fire dept. fighting fire of 1891 from roof
37. 1890, First Colorado River bridge
38. 1900, Smithville YMCA

Timeline Panel Right Half: 1900 to 2005 (below)

39. Bastrop water, ice, and powerhouse shown with water standpipe
40. St. Mary's Catholic church
41. Train wreck
42. Coal mines
43. Mexican mission church
44. Maifest Pavilion
45. Smithville “Tin Man” water tower
46. 1923, Rockne Catholic Church
47. Saw mill
48. 1923, Second iron bridge
49. Oil exploration and production in County
50. 1930, The Advertiser is given to Amy and Ed Standifer by J. O. Smith (her father) as a wedding present.
51. 1933, Bastrop State Park and golf course (first golf course in county)
52. 1935, Flood
53. 1910, Brockway fire engine
54. 1937, Bastrop High School drum and bugle corps
55. 1941, W.W. II, Camp Swift with Tenth Mountain Division insignia, soldiers downtown, service flag in storefront window, Kerr Community Center shown with USO banner
56. Fire siren tower
57. Arthur Smith flies his fighter UNDER the iron bridge.
58. Mechanization of farming
59. 1948, L.B.J. Campaigns in Bastrop, arriving in a helicopter
60. 1953, First National Bank Building with G.B. Mack (left) and Earl Erhard (right)
61. 1950, Homecoming parade
62. Paul Quin A.M.E. Church
63. 1964, Sim Gideon power plant
64. “Tree huggers”
65. 1966-67 Bastrop Bears Football team, voluntarily integrated and went to state semifinal game
66. 1961, Hwy. 71 bridge
67. “Trapper Dan”
68. Boat races
69. 1976, Junior high school (formerly Bastrop High School) burns
70. 1986, First National Bank renovated, shown with Cecil Long and Reid Sharp
71. 1980, Central Texas Museum of Automotive History
72. 1977, M.D. Anderson Science Park - Research Division
73. Henry Crocheron House
74. 1970, Houston Toad
75. Riverwalk and use of river front for recreation
76. 1998, Tower Theater burns
77. 2000, Lost Pines power plant
78. McKinney Roughs recreation area
79. Farmer's Market
80. Cushman Motor scooter club
81. Windmill of First National Bank Cedar Creek location
82. 9/11


An Impressive Past: On the Left Panel

In 1691, the expedition of Dom Domingo Teran de los Rios became the first European explorers in the region where Bastrop is today. Represented in the distance are the Tonkawas originally native to the area and the Lipan Apaches and Comanches that encroached on the region, probably as a result of pressures from European settlement. Also shown are the buffalo on which all three tribes depended heavily. On the mural this is represented from he Spanish flag leftward. The Puesta del Colorado, a small outpost manned by Spanish soldiers, was established in 1804 to protect the location where the El
Camino Real crossed the Colorado on its way from San Antonio to Nacogdoches. Here it is represented from the flag rightward.

A Hopeful Future: On the Right Panel

Look for: 1. New First National Bank Location 2. P.O. Elsner Houser 3. Courthouse showing 1920s renovations, 4. Old (1923) iron bridge 5. New Home construction 6. First Christian Church, (the "misspelling's a part of the structure where the vane pivots) 7. E .S. Orgain House 8. A.A. Erhard House 9. Hyatt Lost Pines 10. Austin Skyline in distance, and 11. much more...

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