“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Des Moines in Polk County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The First Licensed Ferry

The first Licensed Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Juris Bets, April 19, 2011
1. The first Licensed Ferry Marker
Inscription. This Boulder Commemorates The first licensed ferry at the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers 1847
The first Pontoon Bridge at Sycamore Street (Now Grand Avenue) 1856
The First Toll Bridge at Court Avenue 1856
Erected 1933 by Abgail Adams Chapter D.A.R.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 41° 35.377′ N, 93° 37.032′ W. Marker is in Des Moines, Iowa, in Polk County. Marker is on Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Beside the sidewalk behind the skating rink along the levee. Marker is in this post office area: Des Moines IA 50309, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of Des Moines (approx. half a mile away); Dragoon Trail Historical Site Marker No. 7 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Iowa Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Iowa Revolutionary War Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); War Of The Rebellion Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); William Boyd Allison (approx. ¾ mile away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. ¾ mile away); S-36 Submarine Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Des Moines.
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2011, by Juris Bets of Des Moines, Iowa. This page has been viewed 664 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on April 21, 2011, by Juris Bets of Des Moines, Iowa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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