Covered Wagon Ferry Restored in Wyoming

"Covered Wagon Ferry Restored in Wyoming" | article from Popular Science, June 1950from Popular Mechanics, June 1950

Increasing traffic in 1927 forced abandonment of Menor’s Ferry, for 35 years the only connection between the east and west sides at Jackson Hole, Wyo. Instead, a steel bridge was built near by over the Snake River. After 22 years of inactivity. the ferry has been restored by Rockefeller interests. The replica was achieved by examining old photographs and original remnants of the rotting ferry gear. New visitors to this ferry at Moose, Wyo. may ride across a real piece of the old West.

Carrying this old Conestoga wagon and team of horses, the ferry makes its initial trip across the Snake River after the restoration.

Carrying this old Conestoga wagon and team of horses, the ferry makes its initial trip across the Snake River after the restoration.

Menor's ferry - The current is the ferry's "motor."

Menor’s Ferry – the current is the ferry’s “motor.”

Menor's Ferry - A winch changes the angle of the boat in the current and, thus, its direction of travel.

A winch changes the angle of the boat in the current and, thus, its direction of travel.


Additional images and information:

An early photo of Menor's Ferry in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from the days before the river was bridged.

An early photo of Menor’s Ferry in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Note the covered wagons on the left.

Another early ferry photo from before the river was bridged. Note the early 20th century auto on the ferry and the dirt road on the far side leading from the ferry landing.

Another early ferry photo from before the river was bridged.  Note the early 20th century auto on the ferry and the dirt road on the far side leading from the ferry landing.

Menor’s Ferry after 1950 restoration carrying covered wagon and team of horses across Snake River.

Menor’s Ferry after restoration completion in 1950 carrying covered wagon and team of horses across Snake River.

The current Grand Teton National Park ferry, operated seasonally by National Park Service interpretive rangers and able to carry up to 20 passengers, was built in 1999.  The photos below are from a ride we took on it in July 2010.

National Park Service interpretive ranger operating Menor's Ferry, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

National Park Service interpretive ranger operating Menor’s Ferry, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

On board Menor’s Ferry, looking across the Snake River towards Bill Menor’s cabin and store, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

On board Menor’s Ferry, looking across the Snake River towards Bill Menor’s cabin and store.


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