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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|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|