Introduction to Baytown, Texas
Baytown, Texas is 23 miles E of Houston, Texas. Baytown is situated in the Gulf Coast portion of Texas and is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. The city is bordered on the south and the west by Galveston Bay and bordered on the east by Cedar Bayou.
Baytown is regarded as a prosperous industrial city. Oil refining, chemicals, plastics and rubber of some of the major industries. Exxon-Mobil, Bayer, Exxon Chemical, Amoco and Chevron Phillips are some of the major employers. The Gulf winds help to make the summer nights pleasant and prevents the harsh winter weather from entering Baytown.
Settlements were established beginning in 1822. In 1947 three cities merged together to form Baytown. In 1916 the Humble Oil & Refining Company constructed the first offshore drilling operation in the state of Texas and it was the second one built in the nation. The Baytown Refinery became one of the biggest Exxon refineries in the world. Other refineries were also built in the city. In 1970 United States Steel established the Texas Works in the area. Years later the plant closed.
- J.D. Walker Community Center
- Texas Night Out is a notable event
- San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site includes the Battleship TEXAS and the San Jacinto Battleground which gave Texas its independence and is a National Historic Landmark
- The impressive, huge live oak tree that is estimated to be over a thousand years old is regarded as a city landmark
- Bicentennial Park Amphitheater
- Baytown Symphony Orchestra
- Baytown Historical Museum
- Fred Hartman Bridge is an impressive structure
- Republic of Texas Plaza
- Wallisville Heritage Park
Baytown provides opportunities for sailing, duck hunting, fresh and salt water fishing and other outdoor activities. The Baytown Nature Center is a large acreage featuring wetlands, a vast number of bird species, wild flowers, and a variety of wildlife. The beaches at Galveston Island are popular with residents and tourists. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Evergreen Point Golf Course.
Baytown features a vast number of parks. The Bayland Park Marina provides a boat launch and a dock and is popular for fishing and boating. The Goose Creek Stream Greenbelt includes bicycle and walking trails and opportunities for canoeing. Gray Sports Complex includes nature trails, a lighted ball field and other facilities.
Baytown Higher Education
Lee College is nearby.
The George Bush Intercontinental Airport provides air transportation. The METRO offers service to downtown Houston.