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Bastrop, the county seat of Bastrop County, Texas, is named after Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop, who was previously named Philip Hendrik Nering Bogel, who was a Dutch fugitive from justice from his home country. Having mored to Spanish Louisiana, he changed his name and added the nobility to his new identity. He later moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he helped Stephen Austin to get land grants in Texas and served as land commissioner. Most of the commercial section of town was burned to the ground in 1862, and a fire in 2011 saw the most destructive wildfire in Texas history when two wildfires merged burned the town from September 5 until October 10. When it was all over, two people were dead, 1,691 homes destroyed, and more than $325 million was paid out by insurance companies.

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