Aurora in Dearborn County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
History of the Aurora Ferry Co., Inc.
In the 20th century the "Etta Belle", a side wheel wooden boat, was purchased in 1942 by Charles and Jessie Farrar. The "Everett Lee" with a steel hull that could carry six cars was purchased in 1945 to improve safety and comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
In 1955 Charlie Farrar designed a diesel powered push boat to swing around while attached to the barge. It was named "C.J." for his daughters, Carol and Jane. The barge "Aurora" was added in 1962 enabling 15 cars to be across the river in 7 minutes.
The ultimate priority was always to provide excellent service to support the community. Dedicated employees of Aurora Ferry Company, Inc. provided transportation seven days a week until construction of the I-275 bridge in 1978.
Location. 39° 3.286′ N, 84° 53.881′ W. Marker is in Aurora, Indiana, in Dearborn County Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aurora IN 47001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aurora (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hillforest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tanner’s Station 1789 (approx. 1.9 miles away in Kentucky); Lochry's Defeat (approx. 2.2 miles away); A Historic Road Less Traveled (approx. 2½ miles away); The Spirits of Lawrenceburg (approx. 3½ miles away); James Buchanan Eads (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lawrenceburg (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aurora.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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