This is a fast paced airport, as busy as any international airport. We transited through it on our outbound journey from Virginia. What I noticed however was that the gates are close together and the sitting is limited given the number of passengers waiting to travel to different destinations.
Bathrooms were my problem; they had very few rooms inside the bathroom making it inconvenient to use them because there was line at 9:00 am. The maternal/family bathroom was hidden behind the main one with not so visible directions.
The snack/coffee counter looked old at the gate we were at. The service team looked like they were doing the passengers a favor operating it. The tea and coffee were not worth a $1. The airport could use some revamping.
I said since we couldn't go up the San Jacinto Monument for a view of the harbor and countryside (It was closed for renouvation.), we should at least take the FREE Lynchberg ferry over to the north side of the San Jacinto River.
So we did that.
Since 1888, Harris County has operated the Lynchburg Ferry Service. There is no charge for the ferries’ 16 hrs. 7 days a week service.
Todd Shipyard built the William P. Hobby and Ross S. Sterling ferryboats in 1964. Both ferries are 61’8" x 40’5" in length and 8’9" in depth. Their gross weight is 110 tons, and a capacity of 12 vehicles.
There's a lot of current in the river, judging by the way the ferry crabbed into the dock. It doesn't take long to get across though (approximately 7-10 minutes depending on current and weather). We saw quite a lot of barges and tugs.
On the momument side it is on Battleground Rd. The other side is in Baytown (1001 South Lynchburg Road, Baytown, TX 77520)
There was a State Historical Survey Committee site sign next to where you wait for the ferry. It said:
A pioneer ferry of Texas under Mexico and the Republic, established at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River, 1822, by Nathanial Lynch, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred Colonists". Usual charges at ferries like this were man and horse, 25 cents, cattle 4 cents a head, but rates could be raised for risky high-water service.
Lynch, from Missouri, was an active Texas merchant and judge. After a small settlement grew up near the ferry, he platted the town of "Lynchburg" about 1835, but few shared his enthusiasm for the spot.
In March and April, 1836, as Texan settlers flet the Mexican Army during the War for Independence, hundreds cross the San Jacinto at Lynch's ferry. By April 2, the prairie was covered with wagons, horses, mules, tents, and baggage, but 19 days later at the Battle of San Jacinto, the Mexican General Santa Anna, hoping to cut off a Texan retreat at the ferry, was himslef defeated near the site.
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