|Ducks at Miller's Ferry, December 2011|
|Current Trinity railroad bridge as viewed from Joppa, George Bush Presidential Library and SMU seen in distance|
|Union Pacific train over Trinity River between Joppa and Bon Ton|
|William B. Miller|
|Miller's Ferry Site|
Timeline of Trinity Crossings At Present Commerce St(courtesy MC Toyer):
1852-1853 Alex Cockrell acquires Bryan's unsold land and ferry then John Beeman's 320 acres on west side of Trinity
|Caddoan bone bead at Miller's Ferry|
|Trinity River Shell Midden|
|Charcoal and burned limestone rock in a fire hearth|
|Example of a Caddo Necklace(in a museum not in the river)|
This particular site extends across the river and over towards the Texas Buckeye Trailhead on Bexar.
|Joppa Residents Parked on Trinity River as viewed from Soul's Harvest Church, Joppa|
|Article of Incorporation for Honey Springs Ferry Company October 26, 1866 (courtesy MC Toyer)|
Ferry Crossing a River in Texas - from Homer S. Thrall's 1879 Pictorial History of Texas
The cables...are...still there!
|Hand cables from Henry Critz Hines ferry operation at Miller's Crossing|
|Sterling Silver Fork(plated)|
Sitting near the horseshoes, half buried was the silver fork above. It's an English made dinner fork dating from the late 19th century. I'm not sure how it got to the ferry crossing. Something that heavy does not float downstream with the march of time. It's about as brittle as the horseshoes.
As I mentioned earlier, the ferry operation was closed in about 1890 when a section of Sarah Cockrell's bridge near the Old Red Courthouse was sent to Miller's Ferry.