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Lynch’s Ferry

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Year: 1969
Marker Number: 00120
Street: 3700 Battleground Road, approx
City: La Porte
Zip Code: 77520
Longitude: 95 05.308
Latitude: 29 45.129
Key Map: 499N
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A pioneer ferry of Texas under Mexico and the Republic. Established at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and the San JacintoRiver, 1822, by Nathaniel
Lynch, One of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists. Usual charges at ferries like this were man and horse, 25 cents; cattle, 4 cents a head, but
rates could be raised for risky high-water service. Lynch, from Missouri, was an active Texas merchant and judge. After a small settlement grew up near his
ferry, he platted the town of "Lynchburg" about 1835, but few shared his enthusiasm for the spot. In March and April, 1836, as Texan settlers fled the Mexican
army during the war for independence, hundreds crossed the San Jacinto at Lynch's Ferry. By April 2 the prairie was covered with wagons, horses, mules, tents and baggage, but 19 days later at the battle of San Jacinto, the Mexican General Santa Anna, hoping to cut off a Texan retreat at the ferry, was himself defeated near the site. In later years Lynchburg became a steamboat stop for the picturesque stern-wheelers plying Buffalo Bayou as eastbound freight was transferred there. Today the modern, motor-driven "Lynchburg Ferry" is operated at the site of the original ferry. (1969)



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