Baytown

Baytown, a highly industrialized city of oil refining, rubber, chemical, and carbon black plants, is on Interstate Highway 10 and State Highway 146, thirty miles east of downtown Houston in southeastern Harris and western Chambers counties. Among its first settlers were Nathaniel Lynch, who in 1822 set up a ferry crossing at the junction of the San Jacinto River with Buffalo Bayou that is still in operation, and William Scott, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, who received a land grant in 1824. His two leagues and one labor of land, over 9,000 acres, covered most of the area of present Baytown. Near his home on San Jacinto (Scott's) Bay, a settlement grew to include a small store and a sawmill. It was called Bay Town.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Baytown is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Goose Creek)
  • (Pelly)

Locations

  • Latitude
    29.75364790
    Longitude
    -94.97003800

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Baytown
Pop. Year Source
83,701 2020 United States Census Bureau
81,859 2019 Texas Demographic Center
71,802 2010 United States Census Bureau
66,430 2000 United States Census Bureau
63,843 1990 United States Census Bureau
56,923 1980 United States Census Bureau
43,980 1970 United States Census Bureau
28,159 1960 United States Census Bureau
22,983 1950 United States Census Bureau