Historic Hood River
This isn’t really local, but it was in a local album and I like ferries. Olds Ferry crossed the Snake River between Weiser Idaho and Huntington Oregon for many decades. Travel was a little more of an adventure before strips of asphalt connected every point. Stopping at a major river to wait for a ferry to carry you to the other side seems so quaint and relaxed.
Here’s what the Idaho Historical Society has to say about the Olds Ferry:
Olds Ferry (T11N, R7W, Section 7): Olds ferry was established by Reuben P. Olds and associates in 1863. In 1865, Olds formed a partnership with William Packwood and John Parton, known as the Oregon Road, Bridge and Ferry Company. In addition to Olds ferry, the company also owned the Washoe and Central ferries. The group dissolved its holdings in 1868, and William Green became the proprietor of the Olds ferry. The ferry remained in operation under various owners until 1920, when it was purchased by some sheepmen and taken down the river to Brownlee.
I can’t find the exact spot on the map as Olds Ferry roads run along both sides of the snake river for many miles. My best guess is it is at the Farewell Bend State Recreation Area.