La Bahia, Texas /  La Bahia Road

From: Handbook of Texas Online

La Bahia, Texas

La Bahia is on the West Fork of Mill Creek a quarter mile from State Highway 237 and fourteen miles southwest of Brenham in southwestern Washington County.  It was named for the La Bahia Road, a main county road that passes through the community. The site was settled by German immigrants in the 1870s and flourished briefly in the 1870s and 1880s.  A post office was opened there in 1879, but the town's development was slow, largely because of competition from nearby Burton and Carmine.

In 1893 the La Bahia post office was closed, and a number of the community's families moved to larger towns.  La Bahia, however, remained a center for the surrounding farm community.  In the 1930s the La Bahia Dance Hall attracted visitors from Brenham and other nearby towns.  A turnverein organized in La Bahia on July 5, 1879, was still active in 1988.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Annie Maud Avis, ed., History of Burton (Burton, Texas, 1974). Betty Cantrell Plummer, Historic Homes of Washington County (San Marcos, Texas: Rio Fresco, 1971).

Carole E. Christian

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. ","
(accessed August 24, 2007).



La Bahia Road

The La Bahia, Opelousas, or Lower Road was originally an east-west Indian trail in southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas and eventually extended to Washington-on-the-Brazos and Goliad.  The Brazos River is thought to have been crossed at the mouth of the Navasota River in present Grimes County and the Colorado River near the site of present La Grange in Fayette County.  The western portion of the road was laid out by the Spanish and was known as the Atascosito Road.  The route was presumably known as early as 1690, when it was traveled by Alonso De Leon.  It was known as the Opelousas Road during the nineteenth century, when it was used as a cattle trail. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: W. A. Ely, Map of Spanish Texas, 1835, Texas State Archives, Austin.

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. ","
(accessed August 24, 2007).




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