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Canton, Missouri: Oldest Continually Operating Ferry on the Mississippi (Closed)

For those who want to know what it's like to cross Old Man River at an old man's pace. Stopped operating in 2014.

S. Front St.

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Oldest Continually Operating Ferry on the Mississippi

Ferry closed (as of July 2014).

[Devorak, 07/24/2014]

Due to lack of funding, the ferry service was discontinued in April 2014.


Oldest Continually Operating Ferry on the Mississippi

We approached the Canton-Meyer Ferry from the Illinois side, having hopped back over just so we could reenter Missouri on the ferry across the Mississippi. It's a short trip, but a cool one. On the Missouri side, look for a rusted old military truck half hidden in some trees.

[Steve Cook, 02/28/2007]
Oldest Continually Operating Ferry on Upper Mississippi

Take your car on a boat ride. Pleasant and scenic, this is the least hectic way to cross Old Man River. If you start from the Missouri side, you'll end up miles from anything in Illinois, but don't freak out -- there is a pleasant ride north to Warsaw, IL, which is directly across from Keokuk. This ferry has been operating since 1853 and I think it's important to use it whenever possible so as to keep these guys in business.

[Maggie Heisterkamp, 01/27/2002]

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