Baytown Population- 67,171 Altitude- 26

General -

Baytown Grew from a small sawmill and store settlement in 1824; among the early settlers was Nathaniel Lynch who set up the Lynchburg Ferry in 1822. (See Below.)A Confederate shipyard was established nearby at the mouth of Goose Creek in 1864; oil was discovered in 1916. Today, Industries feature oil refineries, petrochemicals, and synthetic rubber. Baytown also has many recreational facilities for sailing, saltwater fishing and water sports activities. It is also the home of Lee College.

Baytown Historical Museum -

Artifacts pertaining to local and pioneer history. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 220 West Defee St.

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 call (713)383-2666.

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 Sts.

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 marker in city identifies Smith’s home “Evergreen,” overlooking Tabbs Bay.

Wallisville heritage Park -

Displays and artifacts of Spanish mission Nuestra Senora de la Luz and Presidio San Agustin di Ahumada, 1756 - 1771; includes vintage saddle making tools, hardware, and area history.



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