Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Early Ferries --Rates and Regulations

Notice December 1, 1832:   Is hereby given that application will be made to the Commissioners of Knox County at their January session next for the establishment of a ferry from Vincennes across the Wabash River from Lot No 2 in said Town of Vincennes in the name of the Precinct Trustees of the Borough of Vincennes Dec 1, 1832   Samuel Hill, Clk of Bd of Trustees, G W Johnston, Clk Board Trustees.

Ferry Notice, October 12, 1837:  To all persons whom this may concern You will hereby take notice that I shall apply to the Commissioners’ Court of Knox County at their next January term for the establishment of a Ferry across the Wabash opposite Russellville, Ill on Fractional Sec# 4 in T4NR10 W.  Vincennes Oct 12, 1837  David Price. 

Ferry Rates Across the Wabash River 1886
 (This is for crossing into Crawford County but the rates were probably pretty standard)
Any kind of vehicle with 4 horses -- 40 cents
                                  With 2 horses -- 25 cents
                                  With 1 horse --  20 cents
Each head of mules, horses or cattle when less than 10 crossed-- 5 cents
                                                        When 10 or more crosses at once --3 cents
                                                          For each footman --5 cents
Head of cattle 2 yr old or under when 10 or more crossed at one time --2 ½ cents
                          2 yr old and under when less than 10 crossed --4 cents
Head of sheep or hogs --2 cents

One man with horse --15 cents 

When the River is very high and requires the ferryman to run his boat 200 or more yds beyond the usual landing then double the amount may be charged.

( And you think the DOT was not in existence in 1886?.....) 
·         The owners of all ferries are required to put a board with the rates of ferriage posted theron. 
·         The Board is to be painted white then the rate of ferriage painted with black paint.
·         Banisters of good and sufficient height to keep animals from jumping overboard and of good and sufficient strength to keep horses or cattle from breaking said banisters down while crossing the River are required. 
·         Owners are also required to keep the landing in good condition for the accommodation of the traveling public.