The "Mormon" Ferry

The "Mormon" Ferry (HM1Q9M)

Location: Mills, WY Natrona County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 50.685', W 106° 22.504'

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First commercial ferry on the Platte River was established 1/2 mile south of here in June 1847 by "Mormon" pioneers on their way to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Brigham Young directed nine men to remain to operate the ferry. They were Thomas Grover, Captain, John S. Higbee, Luke S. Johnson, Appleton M. Harmon, Edmund Ellsworth, Francis M. Pomeroy, William Empey, James Davenport and Benjamin F. Stewart.
The first passengers were Missourians bound for Oregon. The ferry was made of two large cottonwood canoes fastened by cross pieces and covered with slabs. It was operated with oars.
HM NumberHM1Q9M
Series This marker is part of the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association series
Marker Number13
Year Placed1932
Placed ByUtah Pioneer Trails and Landmark Association, Natrona County Historical Society and Citizens of Wyoming
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 387637 N 4744491
Decimal Degrees42.84475000, -106.37506667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.685', W 106° 22.504'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 41.1" N, 106° 22' 30.24" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-699 9th St, Mills WY , US
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