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Near David City in Butler County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Shinn's Ferry

 
 
Shinn's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bob Pasonault, December 19, 2010
1. Shinn's Ferry Marker
Inscription. Moses Shinn and his son Dick began operating Shinn's Ferry across the Platte in 1859. The original site was near Savannah, the first Butler County seat, and a short distance from the present Schuyler bridge. Just above this location the Platte was joined by the Loup River, providing ample water for the operation of a ferry. Farther west, the Platte could be crossed only by fording.

Between 1859-1872, thousands of wagons and travelers crossed at Shinn's Ferry, some en route to Ft. Kearny via the south bank of the Platte, and others representing local traffic between Butler and Colfax counties: Moses Shinn, a religious man, reportedly held daily services for travelers using the ferry.

The original ferry was accidentally destroyed in 1865. A replacement was used until a bridge was constructed at Schuyler in 1872. The demise of Shinn's Ferry, and the removal of the Butler county seat to David City in 1873, doomed the town of Savannah which at one time boated the courthouse, a hotel, stores and a blacksmith shop. No traces of Savannah survive today.
 
Erected by Butler County Historical Society & Nebraska Historical Society. (Marker Number 252.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.

Shinn's Ferry Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bob Pasonault, December 19, 2010
2. Shinn's Ferry Plaque
41° 20.217′ N, 97° 8.351′ W. Marker is near David City, Nebraska, in Butler County. Marker is on Road 41 just from Road M, on the right. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellwood NE 68624, United States of America.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Shinn's Ferry Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bob Pasonault, December 19, 2010
3. Shinn's Ferry Plaque
Butler Countywas organized in 1868.
The site of Savannah,
The first county seat (1869-72) was located one half mile west and two and one half miles north of this point.
Shinn's Ferry, established in 1858 directly north of this point proved to be the only successful ferry operating between the forks and the mouth of the Platte River, during the early travel westward.
Placed by David City Chapter, D.A.R.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bob Pasonault of Columbus, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 745 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bob Pasonault of Columbus, Nebraska. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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