Eel River Ferry-outside Rio Dell
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Whatever it is in the persons hand, it looks like it attaches to the cable strung across the river to move the ferry back and forth.
As a side note: Is that Dungan’s crossing?
The photo caption says Rio Dell. I think Dungan was closer to Ferndale/Loleta, though I could be wrong.
Your explanation for the thing in his hand is likely correct, though it did look like a gun to me. A gun makes for a better story/image, though, doesn’t it?
Yep… we should have stuck to our guns. Say… doesn’t that look like a case of blasting powder on the left side???
He’s got an eerie executioner look going. It might be the Zodiac killer, with that black hood!
There is a story about Grant Myers who had a ferry south of this one on the Southfork, maybe Shively or Pepperwood. He would transport your wagon for 2 or 4 bits. When people took to the nearby riffle to cross and avoid paying him, he hired a nearby team to plow out the riffle. Then when people tried to ford the usual crossing, he would charge $2.50 to pull them out.
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