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Near La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lynch's Ferry

One Mile Northeast to Site of

 
 
Lynch's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 4, 2018
1. Lynch's Ferry Marker
Inscription.  A pioneer ferry of Texas under Mexico and the Republic. Established at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River, 1822, by Nathaniel Lynch, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists. Usual charges at ferries like this were man and horse, 25 cents; cattle, 4 cents a head. But rates could be raised for risky high-water service.

Lynch, from Missouri, was an active Texas merchant and judge. After a small settlement grew up near his ferry, he platted the town of "Lynchburg” about 1835, but few shared his enthusiasm for the spot.

In March and April, 1836, as Texan settlers fled the Mexican Army during the war for independence, hundreds crossed the San Jacinto at Lynch's Ferry. By April 2 the prairie was covered with wagons, horses, mules, tents, and baggage, but 19 days later at the Battle of San Jacinto, the Mexican General Santa Anna, hoping to cut off a Texan retreat at the ferry, was himself defeated near the site.

In later years Lynchburg became a steamboat stop for the picturesque stern-wheelers plying Buffalo Bayou as eastbound freight was transferred there.

Today the modern, motor-driven "Lynchburg Ferry" is operated at the site of the original ferry.

This marker has been moved from its original location and is now in close proximity to the location of Lynch's Ferry.
Lynch's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 4, 2018
2. Lynch's Ferry Marker

 
Erected 1969 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 20043.)
 
Location. 29° 45.711′ N, 95° 4.849′ W. Marker is near La Porte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Independence Parkway, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in Juan Seguin Historic Park, near the Lynchburg Ferry's south dock. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4411 Independence Parkway, La Porte TX 77571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynchburg Town Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Marine Division (approx. 0.7 miles away); U.S.S. Texas (approx. 0.7 miles away); Burleson's Advance (approx. 0.7 miles away); Freeman Wilkinson (approx. ¾ mile away); Captain William Wood (approx. ¾ mile away); Sherman's Advance (approx. ¾ mile away); Isaac L. Jaques (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Porte.
 
Also see . . .  Lynch's Ferry - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on November 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, Texas IndependenceWaterways & Vessels
 
Modern Lynchburg Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 4, 2018
3. Modern Lynchburg Ferry
The modern ferry is run by Harris County and follows the route of the original Lynch’s Ferry.
Lynch's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 4, 2018
4. Lynch's Ferry Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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