Lynchburg Town Ferry

Lynchburg Town Ferry (HM106Z)

Location: Baytown, TX 77520 Harris County
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N 29° 45.906', W 95° 4.635'

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The Lynchburg Town Ferry, founded in 1822 by Nathaniel Lynch, crosses the Houston Ship Channel downstream of the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Buffalo Bayou. In 1829, the authorities at San Felipe de Austin requested that Lynch move his ferry service, which had been running from Crystal Bay, upstream to a peninsula formed by a meander of the San Jacinto River. He satisfied the requirements in 1830, moving to an area near the present landing. Lynch passed away in 1837, but his family continued to operate the ferry service until 1848.

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 County residents who work at the Port of Houston and at petrochemical plants along the ship channel. It remains an important economic contributor to the area, promoting tourism and helping to maintain Lynchburg as a focus of industry on the Houston Ship Channel.
HM NumberHM106Z
Marker Number13677
Year Placed2006
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 10:21am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 299161 N 3294564
Decimal Degrees29.76510000, -95.07725000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 45.906', W 95° 4.635'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 45' 54.36" N, 95° 4' 38.10" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)830, 281, 832
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800 Independence Pkwy N, Baytown TX 77520, US
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