Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Lynchburg Town Ferry
Between 1848 and 1888, various operators bought and ran the service. During this time, Lynchburg experienced many changes. A fire in 1874 and a series of storms dating from the late 1800s to the early 20th century devastated the town and hastened its decline.
In 1888, Harris County purchased the ferry and in 1920 put the diesel-powered, cable-free Chester H. Bryan boat into service. They added the Tex Dreyfus in 1945. The two boats were replaced in 1964 by the William P. Hobby and the Ross S. Sterling, which have served the area for a number of years.
By the 1950s, business returned to Lynchburg; a shipyard, marine service companies and the Coastal Water Authority all opened in following years. Today, the ferry continues to serve Harris
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13677.)
Location. 29° 45.906′ N, 95° 4.635′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Lynchburg Road 0.1 miles west of Crokett Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baytown TX 77520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S.S. Texas (approx. one mile away); First Marine Division (approx. one mile away); Issaac L. Jaques (approx. one mile away); San Jacinto Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Twin Sisters (approx. 1.1 miles away); De Zavala Plaza (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Surrender of Santa Anna (approx. 1.1 miles away); San Jacinto Battleground Park (approx. 1.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Lynchburg Ferry - San Jacinto State Park Transportation. Virtual Tourist (Submitted on March 14, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Harris County and the Lynchburg Ferry. Harris County Historical Commission (Submitted on March 14, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Lynch's Ferry. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on March 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
4. Texas' Was for Independence. San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy webpage providing context for the ferry in Texas' war for independence from Mexico. (Submitted on November 3, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 3, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.