Old Town

Old Town, also known as Goose Creek, was ten miles west of Cedar Bayou on Tabbs Bay and south of the site of Pelly in southern Harris County. Old Town was the first of three separate successive communities (the other two were Middletown and New Town) that developed as settlers were forced to move further away from the expanding Goose Creek oilfield. The community of Goose Creek grew up in 1916 around the dock and warehouse area of John Gaillard's and Busch's Landing, when a major oil strike was made nearby. Within a week, roughnecks had erected tents and tar-paper shacks and laid mud streets on the east bank of Goose Creek. After a gas explosion in late 1916 buried the community in debris, however, most residents moved inland to the site of what is now Pelly, then called Middletown. They continued to work in the oilfield. New Town was the name for Ross Sterling's railroad settlement, which was developed further to the north. A post office, originally located on Tabbs Bay, was moved to Pelly in 1917. The designations were used through the early 1920s, after which a second move and the combination of the three settlements resulted in modern Baytown.

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Claudia Hazlewood | © TSHA

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

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Place type

Old Town is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Goose Creek)

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated