Grew from small sawmill and store settlement in 2824; among early
settlers was Nathaniel Lynch who set up Lynchburg Ferry in 1822.
Confederate shipyard established nearby at mouth of Goose Creek
in 1864; oil discovered in 1916. Industries today feature oil
refineries, petrochemicals, synthetic rubber. Recreational facilities
for sailing, saltwater fishing, and water sorts activities. Home
of lee College.
- BAYTOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM - Artifacts
pertaining to local and pioneer history. Open Tues. - Sat. from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 220 West Defee Street
- HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK - A 440
acre drag racing complex with races every Wed. and Sat. night
(Dec - Mar. Wed & Sun.) At 2525 F.M. 5656 South. For information
- LYNCHBURG FERRY - Shuttles
travelers across the mouth of the San Jacinto River. In operation
since 1822. West of city.
- PARKS - Bicentennial Park features
outdoor theater and hosts annual July 4th celebration and other
outdoor concerts. Lee Drive and Market Streets.
Gray Sports Complex includes lighted ballfield, lighted tennis
courts, nature trails, picnic area and playground. 5200 East Road.
Republic of Texas Plaza was dedicated during the sesquicentennial
and features statue of Ashbel Smith, one of the city's early settlers
and leader for advancement of education in Texas. Historical market
in city identifies Smith's home "Evergreen," overlooking
- WALLISVILLE HERITAGE PARK
- Displays and artifacts of Spanish Mission Nuestra Senora de
la Luz and Presidio San Agustin de Ahumada, 1756 - 1771; vintage
saddle-making tools, hardware; area history; Adjacent restored
1869 school contains genealogical/historical library. Open Mon.
- Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 13 miles east on I-10 at Trinity River,
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