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Lower Ferry Street

 
 
Lower Ferry Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
1. Lower Ferry Street Marker
Inscription.  
If it was Saturday in 1910, then it was time to hitch up the horse and buggy and go to town to trade eggs and butter for groceries and denim overalls. Lower Ferry Street was the place to meet friends, catch up on the latest good news, bad news, or gossip, and just be part of the community of some 4,000 citizens. The street was so named because it led people to transportation by ferry boats for over 100 years.

Early utility lines, barbershop pole, and clock pointing out a jewelry shop for the lady of the house, were all a part of the scene. A good time was hampered for old Dad when the town was voted dry in 1908!

In winter, frozen rabbits hung from second story porches and were sold 3 for 25 cents. In summer, flies were a pest around the fresh meat on display. Refrigeration came slowly.

Dirt roads soon gave way to gravel, and buggy rides were replaced by Model T's as modern improvements came to town. Constant flood threats caused a gradual trend to leave the river and move businesses to upper Market Street. The 1937 flood invaded all that you see and made the decision to relocate much easier to bear. While some buildings
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remain, most are gone.

As cars, electricity, and telephones became part of our everyday lives, our needs and wants became easier to acquire and shopping became an everyday event.

Artist: Becky Gregory

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 37° 9.279′ N, 88° 43.856′ W. Marker is in Metropolis, Illinois, in Massac County. Marker is on West 8th Street just west of Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker and mural are on the south wall of the building at this address. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 Market Street, Metropolis IL 62960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Noel Neill (within shouting distance of this marker); Metropolis Fire Department History (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Looking Back Through Time (about 500 feet away); Honoring All Our Defenders of Freedom (approx. 0.2 miles away); Annie Turnbo Malone: 1869–1957 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oscar Micheaux: 1884–1951 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cowling (approx. 0.2 miles away); Super Heroes (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Metropolis.
 
Lower Ferry Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
2. Lower Ferry Street Marker
(looking north • marker on left side of mural • Market Street on right)
Lower Ferry Street Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 23, 2021
3. Lower Ferry Street Mural
Artist: Becky Gregory
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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