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Baytown: Lynchburg Ferry


ONE SERVICE, TWO FERRY BOATS

Lynch’s Ferry, a flat-bottomed boat powered by nothing more than a hand-pulled rope, aided a San Jacinto River crossing for 1820s traffic traveling along the primary land route between South Texas and the Mexican border. Constructed and operated by local settler Nathaniel Lynch, who also established nearby Lynchburg (another Lynch operation that included a steam-driven sawmill). Lynch arrived in the Mexican territory as a colonist of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred. Although Lynch’s Ferry wasn’t the only waterway conveyance in the area at the time (Lorenzo De Zavalla operated a nearby Buffalo Bayou crossing), it garnered special attention during the Runaway Scrape as colonists who were revolting against Mexican rule used it in their escape route as they fled the oncoming Mexican Army. Lynch, a businessman, was accused of overcharging for the ferry service but after his death fees were set by the Harris County Commissioners Court until the service came under Harris County stewardship in 1888. Since then, the ferry service has been free. Today, two ferry boats provide Lynchburg Ferry service, carrying vehicles and pedestrians across a landscape dramatically transformed by the international shipping and petrochemical industries. The north ferry landing is located at the end of the Crosby-Lynchburg Road just south of Lynchburg. A short seven to ten minute ride on either ferryboats, the William P. Hobby or the Ross S. Sterling, will deposit you and your vehicle to the southern ferry landing and San Jacinto State Park.


Location

  • 1001 Independence Pkwy N
  • Baytown, Texas
  • 77520

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Monday - Friday 4:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
     

  • Free


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Read more about Lynch's Ferry in the Handbook of Texas Online.