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LYNCHBURG, TEXAS
AKA Lynch’s Ferry

Texas Ghost Town
Harris County, Texas Gulf Coast

I-10 and the Crosby-Lynchburg Road
Where the San Jacinto River meets Buffalo Bayou
About 10 Miles East of Houston
About 8 Miles W of Baytown
Population: Unknown

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Lynchburg Tx - Lynch's Ferry Marker
Lynch's Ferry Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2012

History in a Pecan Shell

The place dates from 1822 when one Nathanial Lynch launched his ferry for anyone willing to pay his modest rates. Known first as Lynch’s Ferry, it became Lynchburg in 1834 or 1835 when Nat Lynch platted his land in hopes of a permanent settlement.

Future Governor David G. Burnet built a home at Burnet Bay just above Lynch’s Ferry In 1831 he invested in a steam engine at Lynchburg. A few years earlier, (1824) on the opposite bank of the San Jacinto River, Stephen F. Austin and Baron de Bastrop were issuing titles to land. The settlement there was known as Midway.

Would-be settlers always seemed to be on their way someplace else, and Lynch’s burg remained a dream. During the Texas Revolution, Sam Houston had Lynch’s Ferry burned – as a measure to prevent retreat of his forces. A post office did open in 1835, although it was discontinued seven years later.

From a population of 205 in 1840, it slowly grew to where a post office was again needed. It opened in 1870. This latest incarnation lasted until 1927. Thereafter, the mail was sent through Pasadena.

In 1892, Lynchburg consisted of two general stores and a saloon, although it remained on maps. From the late 1920s through the mid 1960s, the population remained at around 100.

Today, powerful ferries bring visitors across the Houston Ship Channel to the San Jacinto Battleground. In his wildest dreams, Nat Lynch couldn’t have envisioned the State-operated service that continues to use his name as the Lynchburg Ferry.


Lynchburg, Texas Chronicles:

  • Lynchburg Ferry: Baytown had it first by Wanda Orton
    Just when it seemed local history held no more surprises, I read that the original Lynchburg Ferry was not in Lynchburg. It was on Crystal Bay in present-day Baytown.... more


  • Boat races in bay area go back to the 1800s by Wanda Orton
    Pioneers of this bay area around Baytown and La Porte sailed through the 1800s, with nearly all residents owning boats or having access to them. There was no other way to get around - boating was a matter of necessity. The waterways were the highways. more

  • Native Son:

  • The making of a Texas president by Wanda Orton
    David G. Burnet - first president of the Republic of Texas
  • Lynchburg Tx - Lynch's Ferry Marker
    "This 1936 pink granite Centennial sits totally hidden in plain site. It is doubtful that more than a handful of people of the thousands who cross this intersection daily would even take a glance at it. Possibly the only way to really notice it would be if someone were to accidentally back into." - Barclay Gibson
    Lynchburg Tx - Lynch's Ferry Marker
    Lynch's Ferry Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2012
    Lynchburg Tx - Lynch's Ferry Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2012
    More Texas Centennial
    Harris County Texas 1907 postal map
    Harris County 1907 postal map showing Lynchburg (East of Houston)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Lynchburg, Texas Area Towns:
    Baytown | Houston
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