Carbon-izer Presents Bastrop, Texas

Version 1.0 of Highway 71 in Bastrop (Bastrop County) covers Highway 71 from the Austin page (see the Travis County part of this page) to where we'll stop for now and to link the Bastrop-related material to this site. Unfortunately, two of the legacy Bastrop entries, Film Alley and Sac-N-Pac, aren't included here because they were on Highway 21, not Highway 71.

FM 214 to FM 1209

Chevron/McDonald's / 2850 Highway 71
This combo gas station/McDonald's opened in the mid-2000s (evidence suggests the McDonald's side opened first in 2004, followed by the gas station in very early 2005).

Valero / 1525 Highway 71 West
While this was probably a Diamond Shamrock prior to the mid-2000s, this Valero featured Sac-N-Pac when it opened in 2000. When it came to converting to Stripes, Sac-N-Pac dragged its feet (still a SnP as of December 2017, long after the others had converted) but eventually did convert in 2018. Like a number of other Stripes, it is also dragging its feet on converting to a 7-Eleven.


Valero / 1481 State Hwy. 71
This opened as Corner Store Market (Corner Store's expanded store format, with a different logo) and was a Valero but de-emphasized (the Corner Store logo was on the canopy, and the canopy was green and white). It opened in November 2016 but by fall 2018 it was a Circle K, with more emphasis on the Valero branding.

Exxon / 1273 Highway 71 West
This was in fact built as a Buc-ee's and operated as such from 1998 to 2000 (Buc-ee's #11) when the convenience store was still small and using other gas brands. It hasn't been a Buc-ee's in over two decades but it's still an Exxon.


Jack in the Box / 111 Highway 21 West
Jack in the Box #925 was opened in summer 2001 (after the demise of Buc-ee's across the street) and served as Bastrop's only Jack in the Box for nearly a decade.


Developed in the late 2000s, this shopping center (a PDF of it can be seen here, map on page 10) was what helped Bastrop further accentuate its spot as an Austin bedroom community rather than a small town it was before. It has Lowe's, Spec's, Hobby Lobby, Best Buy, as well as a Chick-fil-A, and in general what's on the map is what is there in reality with a few notable exceptions.


H-E-B Plus / 104 North Hasler Blvd.
The de facto supermarket in Bastrop. I remember when this was first built back in 2003, with the new H-E-B directly next to the old one it had replaced across from Hasler. The old H-E-B was 50,000 square feet, which seemed to me a modest size, at least according to the ones I had visited in Waco. The frontage of the new H-E-B (which opened in May 2003) was similar, but it was much deeper, clocking in at 90,000 square feet. In November 2014 it finished an expansion, rebranding it as an H-E-B Plus (at about 119,000 square feet).

First National Bank of Brenham / 489 State Hwy. 71 West
After H-E-B's closure, the building was divided in half. Bealls renovated the right half of it (see next entry) while the left half had the front of the building ripped out for construction of a two-story building constructed in front of it. The rest of the old H-E-B (one floor, obviously) extends beyond the narrow two-story section.

Planet Fitness / 487 State Highway 71 West
Planet Fitness opened not too long after Bealls' demise in 2020, but the Bealls opened sometime around in late 2005 (or very early 2006) according to this page, and took up half of the old H-E-B that was here (and taking its address). Bealls has had a presence in Bastrop since 1997 but I cannot find the old location.

Schlotzsky's / 492 Highway 71 West
Schlotzsky's Deli (as it was known back then) opened in 1997 as part of the construction around the new Wal-Mart Supercenter.

490B Highway 71 West
Sadly, while we do have a page for the old Payless, it's all night shots. It too opened in 1997 and closed in early 2019 when the chain went under.

Walmart / 488 Highway 71 West
Walmart moved here to a new "Wal-Mart Supercenter" in February 1997 from its old ten-year-old space about where Tractor Supply Company is today. From its construction to 2011, it had a McDonald's inside which co-existed with the store nearby.

Burger King / Denny's / 300 Highway 71 West
A most curious hybrid opened in early 2018. The Burger King and Denny's here are linked together by an interior hallway (the restrooms are Denny's, they have longer hours), though they have separate dining rooms, kitchen, and staff. On the east side of the restaurant sits Childers Drive, which loops back into the Bastrop downtown as Chestnut Street (after briefly serving as Loop 150), then continues east all the way into Bryan as Highway 21. More on this road will be explored in a future update.


Tropicana Motel / 105 Hwy. 71 West
This simple motel has been here since 1975 (at least) and for years maintained an outdoor swimming pool. Sometime between November 2019 and March 2021 it was demolished and replaced with a basketball court.

Texas Grill Center / 103 Hwy. 71 West
Featuring the same name and logo of the restaurant next door, this was originally an Exxon from the mid-1980s to 2013. After it closed, it reopened in 2015 as Lock Drug Health Mart, a drug store/pharmacy which had relocated from downtown. It tore down the canopy and the pumps but reused the sign structures. By 2019, Lock Drug Health Mart was closed, with the former signage now for the restaurant next door and marketed as a strip mall.

Texas Grill Restaurant / 101 Highway 71 West
"Texas Grill #2" has been here since the mid-1970s. At the Colorado River, the road changes to Highway 71 West and changes numbering again.

Jack in the Box / 1641 Highway 71 East
Jack in the Box opened in 2010 (with the new logo obviously).


Buc-ee's / 1700 Highway 71 East
At the northeast corner of Highway 95 (aka Highway 21 as it routes off of 71) is Buc-ee's. Buc-ee's #28 opened its giant gas station and convenience store in May 2012. It has a Highway 71 East address but faces Highway 95. In fact, it doesn't have a Highway 71 entrance, only a right-in, right-out access, and even that wasn't direct, it connected to Pitt Street behind the store. This was true before and after the overpass at 95/21 was built.

Exxon / 4104 State Hwy. 71
In 1991, an Exxon/Tiger Tote was built and around 2013 rebuilt (with the convenience store, still called Tiger Tote legally, was now branding as "The Tote"). In 2015, Tiger Tote's parent company, Cinco J Inc., was sold to Alimentation Couche-Tard (Circle K's parent company), resulting in the stores rebranded to Circle K in 2016.

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