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Near Ore City in Upshur County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Tarver's Ferry

(Site 6/10 mile east)

 
 
Tarver's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
1. Tarver's Ferry Marker
Inscription.  Once located at a strategic crossing of Big Cypress Creek, this pioneer ferry transported settlers moving west into Texas through populous Jefferson, on Big Cypress Bayou. Those going to the interior of Texas often came by horse or oxen, stopping for provisions at nearby town of Coffeeville. The ferry operator probably was James L. Tarver, who lived on Coffeeville Road, 1860s.
Many years before, the Caddo Indians forded stream at this same point in their travels.
By 1867 a bridge was built at the crossing and the ferry was no longer needed.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11346.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 32° 50.724′ N, 94° 43.014′ W. Marker is near Ore City, Texas, in Upshur County. Marker is at the intersection of Upshur County Landing Road and Texas Route 155, on the right when traveling west on Upshur County Landing Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16420 TX-155, Ore City TX 75683, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Tarver's Ferry Marker looking east on Upshur County Landing Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
2. Tarver's Ferry Marker looking east on Upshur County Landing Road.
13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Coffeeville, C. S. A. (approx. 2.3 miles away); C.S.A. Camp Talley (approx. 2.3 miles away); Site of Old Spearman's Ferry (approx. 4.4 miles away); Riley Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Iron Bluff Cemetery (approx. 6˝ miles away); Caddo Trace (approx. 11.7 miles away); Morris County (approx. 12.9 miles away); Daingerfield, C. S. A. (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Text of State of Texas act granting to James L. Tarver the privilege of constructing a ferry. (Submitted on June 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
View from marker west on Texas Highway 155 towards Coffeeville. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
3. View from marker west on Texas Highway 155 towards Coffeeville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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