Andrew Smyth began his career as a riverman by building flatboats, which he would load with Jasper cotton and float on the Angelina and Neches rivers to the Gulf of Mexico at Sabine Pass.Captain Smyth developed a variety of business endeavors through the 1850s. He built two water-powered mills on Indian Creek, one a gristmill and the other a sawmill. After the Civil War he purchased the steamboat Laura. This sternwheeler was the premier vessel on the Neches for a quarter century. She provided the first dependable, scheduled transportation in lower East Texas. Marker is located Magnolia Cemetery, 2200 Pine St.