Tucked away in the northeast corner of Bastrop County almost to the Lee County line is the sleepy little "burb" of Paige. The height is approx. 535 & # 39 ;, has been moderate year-round. The school system is Bastrop ISD and depending on where you live the children can attend Lost Pines Elementary, Bastrop Middle School or Bastrop High School. Paige proper is not much larger than a total of 18 blocks, and as is typical of small towns in Texas, there are still some beautiful old vintage / historic homes and buildings that are still standing or still in use. The area around Paige is a mix of rural residential property and farm and ranch land. Horse enthusiasts crave the sand flow found in parts of Paige, such as the Old Potato Road, or Old Pin Oak, or Antiock and Cardinal Roads.
Paige was created in 1872 along the Houston and Texas Central Railways. The old abandoned railway line is still there along side sections of Old Highway 20 and will form a great part of "Rails for Trails" since it is not in use at all. Paige was named after one of the civil engineers who worked on the railway. There was a railway station in Paige until 1876 and then it was moved to its present location about 3 miles to the east. It is a volunteer fire department created in 1982 with the Paige Community Center, and Paige has had a post office in the city since 1874. In those days, the majority of the population was of German cultural heritage, and so was much of the central Texas area. The population of Paige has fluctuated over the years. At the end of the 1880s, the city was said to have had a population of 500. At that time, Paige Railway Station was a shipping point for livestock such as cattle and pigs. Local industry included a jam cucumber, sour cream porridge and tassel factory. Today, some of the local businesses include The Old Frontier Store, located on Highway 290 and has a little bit of everything to offer, from groceries to a meat counter to a small deli / diner, and Yarnorama, a yarn and fiber store.
Paige is approx. 40 miles off Austin on Highway 290. Bastrop is 23 miles away on Highway 21, and has just about anything anyone could want or need with coffee shops, two feed stores, box stores like Home Depot and Lowes on the way, great restaurants, a movie house and bowling alley. About halfway to Bastrop from Paige on Highway 21 is Lake Bastrop, which offers campgrounds, swimming beaches, boat rentals and boat launches on both the north and south coasts. If you decide to head to Smithville, the town where the movie Hope Floats was filmed is just under 13 miles on FM 2104. Just before you reach Smithville on the west side of the road, you'll find Buecher State Park and Lake. If it's the coast you long for, you can get to the Gulf in just under two hours from Paige. Circle D, Pioneer Pines Farms, Pine Valley and Pine Tree Cattle Ranch are just a few of the subdivisions of the Paige area that offer rural homes in & # 39; lost pine & # 39; in Bastrop County. The Paige area is also full of wonderful ranches and leisure properties (good for hunting) and periodically they come to market.