“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Palo Verde in Imperial County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Taylor's Ferry

Taylor's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2018
1. Taylor's Ferry Marker
Inscription.  When Jim Taylor acquired his ferry in 1922, he had just completed his connecting, hand-made highway on both sides of the Colorado River. His plan to attract the Los Angeles to Phoenix traffic had faded with the continued success of the Blythe-Ehrenberg Ferry. Taylor's Ferry was a current-driven cable ferry, capable of carrying two vehicles. During its 14 years of service, it was used for automobile, pedestrian, horse and U.S. Mail crossings. "Dad Taylor" found prosperity in using his ferry for cactus smuggling and Mesquite Honey Rum bootlegging during Prohibition.
Erected 2018 by E Clampus Vitus John P. Squibob and Billy Holcomb Chapters.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 33° 25.991′ N, 114° 43.957′ W. Marker is in Palo Verde, California, in Imperial County. Marker is at the intersection of Ben Hulse Highway (California Route 78) and 1st Street
Two Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2018
2. Two Markers
The Taylor's Ferry marker is on the left, facing 1st Street. On the right is the Camp Gaston marker, facing Hwy 78. They are located next to the historical museum.
on Ben Hulse Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Ben Hulse Highway, Palo Verde CA 92266, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Gaston (here, next to this marker); Colorado River Ferries (approx. 5.8 miles away in Arizona); 390th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 12˝ miles away); Wiley Well (approx. 15.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The original marker location was six miles east of here at the Colorado River.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 5, 2021