Learning Some Texas History

Jim and I made a trip to Baytown to visit some friends there, and they took us to the Monument Inn for lunch. We were celebrating Jim’s birthday, and they had sort of casually mentioned where we were going but didn’t say much else about it.

Well, it was quite a trip! I felt almost as though we were on vacation somewhere. We started off by riding the Lynchburg Ferry across the channel, and that was pretty exciting. The water was rough because the wind was up, an the ferry is pretty small, especially in comparison to the huge container ships that were passing to and fro.


One that passed while we waited for the ferry.

On board with a pelican escort


The ferry holds all of about twelve vehicles.

We arrived at the Monument Inn as soon as we got to the other side and were fortunate enough to get a window seat. We watched the tugs and big ships pass non-stop throughout our meal. It was kind of comforting to see all of that traffic going in and out of the Port of Houston.


Coming and Going...


Ferry and Container Ship

We had a wonderful lunch. I had the crawfish bisque, and it was that kind of thing that if you were at home, all by yourself, you’d pick up the bowl and lick the bottom of it when you got to the end. So delicious. I was sorry when it was all gone.

Then we took a drive to the San Jacinto Monument. I’ve seen it from a distance every time we’ve gone to Baytown, but I had no idea it was so HUGE until we drove right up to it. Our hosts said the museum there was really, really nice, but we’ll have to go back when we have more time to visit. Wish I had a good picture, but I didn’t think to take one while we were far enough away to get the whole monument in view.

I did get a good Texas history lesson along the way, and that was fun. It was even more of a pleasant surprise when we arrived home and received our Texas Highways magazine in the mail. This month, there is a feature on, of all things, The Lynchburg Ferry, which come to find out, has been in operation in one form or another since the early 1800’s.

If you’ve never been over that way, or haven’t been in a long time,  I think it’s well worth the drive on a beautiful day. It takes about an hour to get there. The Monument Inn, the park around the monument, the museum, and the monument itself are all noteworthy. The ferry ride and watching the ships pass in the channel is icing on the cake. Not something you see every day, that’s for sure.


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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