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American History ~ Texas

One of the oldest existing ferry services in Texas began 200 years ago.

A member of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred, Nathaniel Lynch, established his ferry in 1822. The flat-bottomed boat was pulled by hand using a rope strung across the San Jacinto River at Buffalo Bayou.

The historic ferry played a vital role in Texas’s fight for independence. During the fearful exodus known as the Runaway Scrape, as many as 5,000 women and children crowded together waiting to use the ferry to escape Santa Anna’s advancing Mexican army.

On April 21, 1836—the day of the Battle of San Jacinto and the turning point in Texas’ war for independence—Lynch’s Ferry carried wounded soldiers across the San Jacinto River to the town of Lynchburg.

Since 1888, the Lynchburg Ferry has been operated by Harris County, free of charge. Passengers can board at Lynchburg for a 10-minute ride across the Houston Ship Channel to our San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.

By Peace Truth

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2 replies on “American History ~ Texas”

Texas is unlike the rest of the US. In grade school (at least back in my generation) you were taught Texas history before US History.

Thank you Mike for your information. To many countries Texas is America. All those cowboy movies where a treat for peace world wide. Remember when Italy started producing American spaghetti cowboy 🤠 movies 🤠😂😁 . Texas America is America 🤠🤠

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