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Map of the San Jacinto River and associated watershed
The San Jacinto River runs from Lake Houstonmarker in Harris County, Texasmarker to Galveston Baymarker.In the past, it was home to the Karankawa Indians. It is named after Saint Hyacinth.

There are two forks to the San Jacinto river, simply known as the East and West Forks. The west fork of the San Jacinto River feeds Lake Conroemarker and flows south through Montgomery Countymarker to meet with the east fork in northeast Harris Countymarker to form Lake Houstonmarker. The east fork springs in San Jacinto County, north of the Sam Houston National Forestmarker. Tributaries of both forks spring within just a few miles of Lake Livingstonmarker, a reservoir on the Trinity Rivermarker. The east fork flows south through Clevelandmarker in Liberty Countymarker as it heads to Montgomery Countymarker and meets the north end of Lake Houstonmarker. Continuing southward, the river meets with Buffalo Bayou and feeds the Houston Ship Channelmarker.

The Battle of San Jacintomarker was fought near the rain-swollen river in Harris County during the 1836 Texas Revolution. The decisive victory gave rise to the Republic of Texas. The site is now a state historic park. The site holds a monument to the battle, the San Jacinto Monumentmarker, which is taller than the Washington Monument.

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