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Apr 10, 2009

The Port Allen - Baton Rouge Ferry on the Mississippi

BATON ROUGE - PORT ALLEN FERRY
BOAT NAME:  THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE
"Copyright David Meare Oldham England, 1965.  All Rights Reserved."
1965 Photo, used by permission.

Name: CITY OF BATON ROUGE
    Type: Size: approx. 250'
    Launched: 1870s?
    Area: Miss R.
    Owner: Anchor Line
    Captain and pilots: Capt. Bixby, Horace; Richie, George, pilot.


Historical Marker at Port Allen Landing Site of Old Ferry

Marker reads:
OLD FERRY LANDING
Port Allen - Baton Rouge Site
1820 - 1968
Horses and wagons first used the ferry, the gradually giving way to cars and trucks. Pedestrian traffic was always an important part of the ferry service. At one time all east - west traffic traveling on U. S. 190 crossed the Mississippi River at this site. [end]

The Baton Rouge ferry was a two boat operation; the ferry cease operation in 1969 when, and because, the new Mississippi River bridge opened.

Baton Rouge Ferry -1938 [by Fonville Winans, a Southern U. Photo]
Another photo [on Weblo.com]


 Levee Steps
Here is some old, well built, steps leading up just about where the ferry landing was, the steps may have been made just for ferry access. I was born in Baton Rouge 60 years ago and these steps have always been here. The date of construction is probably sometime in the 1930's.

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