Originally known as Bayland, Baytown has a storied history.
In 1822 a ferry crossing at the junction of
the San Jacinto River with Buffalo Bayou was created that is
still in operation today. At the end of the War Between the
States, one of the first orphanages for the children of
soldiers was formed, the "Bayland
Orphans' Home for Children of Confederate Soldiers".
Baytown was incorporated in 1919 after a major oil strike
and the construction of what would become Exxon's first
refinery. It also is still in operation.