"Prairies and Lakes." Does that title really tell the tale? Well, yes-and no. Prairies and Lakes paints merely the pastoral brush strokes in this region's richly textured panorama. The full picture emerges only when you add the dynamic cities, charming communities, and colorful history that enliven this attraction-packed section of Texas.
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Located in the Cornelson-Fehr house built in 1850 and enlarged in 1854, the Bastrop County Historical Society Museum has manuscripts and miscellaneous frontier tools, artifacts, pictures, documents and furnishings. The house is a recorded Texas landmark. A 15Bastrop, TX Museums
Benbrook Lake provides many excellent fishing opportunities, especially with its urban location. Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks the lake every few years and Benbrook was one of the first Texas lakes to be stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass in the early 1980, TX Fishing
This beautifully restored 1915 vintage schoolhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and features a visitors center, a gallery with changing exhibits and an authentically furnished 1915 classroom. The site also has a 149-seat auditorium for 25 performances each year.Bedford, TX Historic Schoolhouses
Tucked along the meandering banks of the Colorado River, Columbus is accessible by several bridges. Of special interest is the Highway 90 bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a Multi-span Parker Through Truss bridge, which was opened in 1932 near Beason'Columbus, TX Historic Bridges
The Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum showcases more than 2,000 Santas; old, new, foreign and American, in various media. Someone once told Mary Elizabeth Hopkins that if you have three or more of anything, then you are a collector. Hopkins was certainly that!Columbus, TX Museums