Near Aurora in Marion County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Alphonso Boone, grandson of the frontiersman Daniel Boone, emigrated to Oregon with 10 children in 1846. The family established homesteads on the Willamette River between present-day Oregon City and Butteville. By 1847, the Boones established a ferry crossing on the Willamette near this marker. and eldest son Jesse began clearing a path through Marion, Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties known today as Boones Ferry Road.
Jesse Boone operated the ferry until his death in 1872. The ferry continued in private hands for several years until Clackamas County, and finally, the State of Oregon assumed control in the early 1900s. Boones Ferry crossed the Willamette for 107 years carrying thousands of horses, cows, buggies, automobiles, and pedestrians. By the early 1950s, the cable-drawn ferry 12 cars and made up to 300 crossings per day. The ferry was decommissioned
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
Location. 45° 16.265′ N, 122° 46.522′ W. Marker is near Aurora, Oregon, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 5 at milepost 281, one mile south of Miley Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aurora OR 97002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tauchman House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Boone's Landing (approx. 1.6 miles away); Wilsonville Baseball (approx. 2.3 miles away); Will-Snyder Store (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wm. Keil and Company (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Octagonal Building (approx. 2.9 miles away); Aurora (approx. 2.9 miles away); Champoeg (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aurora.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the French Prairie Rest Area - Northbound.
Also see . . .
1. Boones Ferry - Wikipedia. The family cleared a path and laid a split log roadway north to Portland and south toward Salem. The ferry was propelled by oarsmen from the nearby Tuality Indian tribe.... Alphonso was adamant about operating the ferry 24 hours a day, which might have been related to a widespread illicit moonshine industry along the new road. (Submitted on February 22, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Oregon Travel Experience - Audio Tour Stop. The official Oregon 'Beaver Board' website which promotes over 100 Oregon State Historical Markers. (Submitted on February 22, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.