Channelview was given its name since it is located on the northeastern curve of the Houston Ship Channel. Channelview was home to Lorenzo de Zavala, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of Texas. During World War II the area south of Market to the Ship Channel, and what is now DeZavala St. to the tollway was part of the U.S. Army Ordnence Depot. Channelview, located at the point where the San Jacinto River forms the Old River, is south of Interstate 10 and the Missouri Pacific Railroad and eight miles east of Downtown Houston. Channelview is a census-designated place (CDP) in the U.S. state of Texas within the HoustonSugar LandBaytown metropolitan area and HarrisCounty. The population was 29,685 at the 2000 census. The Handbook of Texas describes Channelview as "an oil refinery suburb of metropolitan Houston."