The 'Mormon' Ferry
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 42° 50.684 W 106° 22.515
13T E 387622 N 4744490
A Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association marker.
Waymark Code: WMNH1T
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 03/15/2015
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member JacobBarlow
Views: 3

First commercial ferry on Platte River was established 1/2 mile south of here in June 1847 by "Mormon" pioneers on their way to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Brigham Young directed nine men to remain to operate the ferry. They were Thomas Grover, Captain, John S. Higbee, Luke S. Johnson, Appleton M. Harmon, Edmund Ellsworth, Francis M. Pomeroy, William Empey, James Davenport and Benjamin F. Stewart.
The first passengers were Missourians bound for Oregon.
The ferry was made of two large cottonwood canoes fastened by crosspieces and covered with slabs. It was operated with oars.

The ferry was located in nearby North Casper and was part of the trails that ran through the area.
Marker Name: The "Mormon Ferry"

Marker Type: City

Group Responsible for Placement: Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association, Natrona County Historical Society and Citizens of Wyoming

Date Dedicated: 1932

Marker Number: No 13

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Addtional Information: Not listed

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