Mules off the Ferry

By: danitacahill

Feb 19 2012

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Category: Animals, History, Horses, Photography, Photojournalism, Water

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Once the ferry docked on the other side of the Willamette, the owners calmly unloaded their animals. (Isn’t that gray horse a beauty?)

This wagon train ferry crossing happened during the late summer of 2009. (Please hit the back arrow to see the past several posts for more photos and stories on the wagon-train reenactment).

The Buena Vista Ferry, which crosses from Marion County to Polk County near Jefferson and Independence, Oregon, was founded in 1852, so it would have been around to haul the actual pioneers across the river.

The Buena Vista Ferry is one of the oldest continuously operating ferry services in Oregon. The ferry in this photo was built in 1955. In the late spring of 2011, it was replaced with a new ferry. The current ferry was constructed at a Portland boat yard and towed through the Willamette (Will-AM-ett) Falls Locks at Oregon City.

Oregon City, which is SE of Portland, was founded in 1829 and incorporated in 1844. It was the first city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated.

And that ends today’s Oregon history lesson. : )

Photo copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


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