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Indiana Palladium, August 7, 1830


Petersburg Ferries

Petersburg had a ferry to Aurora, and a ferry to Lawrenceburg.  But by May, 1947, there were 200 cars a day crossing the Aurora ferry, while only 20 crossed to Lawrenceburg, so the Lawrenceburg ferry ceased operation.   It may have had to do with the Lawrenceburg ferry access road being two miles north over a rough road, while the Aurora ferry was a few hundred feet of good gravel road off of a black-topped road. It's probably fair to question, regardless of how they're labeled, which of the images here belong to which ferry route.


Petersburg Ferry

Ohio River Ferry at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 1907


Petersburg Ferry

The Ferry Carolyn
The Carolyn crossed to Lawrenceburg, not Aurora, from
 the north ferry landing, also known as Touseytown.


Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry
Lawrenceburg-Petersburg Ferry
From a Facebook post by Tracy Simpson, whose grandfather,
Charles E. Witham, operated the ferry.


Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry
Aurora Ferry, c. 1960 Aurora Ferry Landing,
the Petersburg side
The Aurora Ferry Landing,
the Aurora side.


Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry

The C. J.
Owner Charles
Farrar named the boat
after his daughters,
Carol and Jane.

The Ferry Everett Lee, 
c. 1950

The Ferry Everett Lee, 
June 12, 1950


Everett Lee

Everett Lee Pilots Donald and Edward Lyon

 A little background on the Petersburg-Aurora ferry is here.
Earl Huffman wrote about the history of the ferry here.
The Lawrenceburg Ferry changes hands in 1909, with a little history. We know the ferry dates back at least until 1836. Their ad is here.


The Pearl

The Pearl, taken from a steamboat


Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry
The Ferry Pearl, 1939 The Aurora Ferry

History of the Lawrenceburg ferry.

The Farrar family bought the Aurora-Petersburg ferry from Embry E. Klopp in 1942.  Klopp ran it for about 30 years. The Farrar's operated the Etta Belle from then until 1945, when the Etta Belle was dismantled, and the Everett Lee was purchased from Warsaw.  The C. J. was put into service in 1955, and was used to push the Everett Lee, whose side wheels had been dismantled, making her a barge.  The steel hulled-barge Aurora was put into service in 1962, and ran until 1978.


Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry
The Aurora Ferry The Aurora Ferry,
the Etta Belle
The Aurora Ferry, 1962


Etta Belle Etta Belle Etta Belle Aurora Ferry
The Aurora Ferry, the Etta Belle, 1926 Aurora Ferryman, 1926 Aurora Ferry


Petersburg Ferry Petersburg Ferry

Ferry Cross The Ohio, 1950's


“There is an attempt being made by the authorities in this city and Boone county, Ky., to take the ferry at this place from the hands of Mr. Piatt. The attempt will no doubt be successful as it is notorious that this Ferry has been miserable conducted. A large amount of Kentucky trade had been has been lost to our city as a result. We hope that it will be placed in the hands of someone who will attend to it properly.” from the Lawrenceburg Independent Press, July 11, 1855


The Boone County Clerk's Office issued a ferry franchise, later owned by the Aurora Ferry Company, in its June, 1819 term, as follows:

"Whereupon a ferry is granted unto said Philip Craig who entered into bond with Geo. G. Shafer, his security pursuant to law and the following rates are allowed for ferriage.  For every horse 12 cnts; for every person 12¢; for every coach wagon and the driver, 75¢; for every 4 wheel chase-phaeton and driver, 50¢; for every 2 wheel riding carriage 25¢; for every hogshead of tobacco, 12¢; for every head of meat cattle, 12¢; and for every sheep, goat, hog or lamb, 2½¢."


Another ad for an 1836 ferry is here.


For substantial portions of the Northern Kentucky Views Petersburg images,
 we are indebted to the E. Y. Chapin Library in Petersburg, and to Ms. Bridget
 Stiker, at the Hebron Branch of the Boone County Library