A headline article in the Herald Guide marked the end of ferry service in the parish.

A headline article in the Herald Guide marked the end of
ferry service in the parish.

T he opening Early ferry service in the 1930s wasn’t always an
easy crossing, especially in the spring when the river
rose and the river was filled with driftwood. of the new bridge over the Mississippi River brought an end to ferry service in St. Charles Parish. Since the 1800s, when minimal ferry service was provided by private citizens until later years when the state/parish made ferry service available on a regular basis, crossing the river on the “ferry boat” was a time consuming and often times dangerous ritual which tried the patience
of all. In October of 1983, the service was discontinued.

Automobile and pedestrian ferry over the Mississippi River at Luling. Vehicles could cross the river here and at Destrehan, while pedestrians also used a small boat going between Norco and Hahnville. (Courtesy of The Herald)

 

Charles Troxler of Taft and friends in 1936 on the Shell skiff. Many citizens used similar vessels to criss-cross the Mississippi River from east to west banks and vice versa!

The pedestrian free ferry on the Mississippi
River. (Source: St. Charles Parish Resources and
Facilities publication, 1961)

By the 1950s, ferry service had improved with a more
modern Luling/Destrehan ferry.

 

The Ferry Inn offered some comfort to the
thousands who waited patiently for “the next
ferry.” (Photo courtesy of Ruby Reeves)

 

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Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.