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Rigby in Jefferson County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Holt Ferry

 
 
The Holt Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 11, 2019
1. The Holt Ferry Marker
Inscription.  Prior to the Holt Ferry, mail and supplies could be sent across the South Fork of the Snake River in a heavy wire basket on a cable. In 1894, Richard C. Heise, who had read of the healing properties of the mineral springs, came from Pocatello and homesteaded the property that contained the warm sulphur springs and later started the Heise Hot Springs Health Resort. He called in labor to help develop roads and also had a ferry built at the same location as the cable.
In 1907 the demand for ferry services grew. A man named Elof Nelson built another ferry across the river just below the present concrete and steel bridge. He built a home on the side hill above above the river and installed a bell system. Anyone needing to cross the river could ring the bell, alerting the Nelsons that they were needed down at the ferry. Mr. Nelson and his sons operated this ferry until 1919.
In 1919 Elof Nelson sold his properties to M. Eugene Holt. who operated the ferry until 1938 when the bridge was built. The Ferry provided a way for the early pioneers to cross the river, which resulted in many settling along the north side of the Snake River. Their
The Holt Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 11, 2019
2. The Holt Ferry Marker
hard work, hardships, and perseverance contributed to the abundance we enjoy today.
 
Erected 2000 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Mary Savage Wilcox Camp. (Marker Number 528.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 43° 38.766′ N, 111° 42.064′ W. Marker is in Rigby, Idaho, in Jefferson County. Marker is on North 5050 East near Heise Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 198 North 5050 East, Rigby ID 83442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Feeder (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Willow Creek Settlement (approx. 6 miles away); Ricks College (approx. 12.8 miles away); Brigham Young University - Idaho (approx. 12.9 miles away); Rexburg's First School and Meetinghouse (approx. 12.9 miles away); Rexburg Public Square (approx. 13 miles away); Burton (approx. 13 miles away); Rexburg Milling Company (approx. 13.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the south end of the Heise Bridge.
 
Also see . . .  Our History -- Heise Hot Springs. Elof Nelson, who by this time, had constructed a ferry boat to cross the snake river just one mile below Heise. (Submitted on October 4, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Snake River and Heise Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 11, 2019
3. Snake River and Heise Bridge
 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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