The Ferry Inn offered some comfort to the thousands who waited patiently for “the next ferry.” (Photo courtesy of Ruby Reeves)
By the 1950s, ferry service had improved with a more modern Luling/Destrehan ferry.
Automobile and pedestrian ferry over the Mississippi River at Luling. Vehicles could cross the river here and at Destrehan, while pedestrians also used a small boat going between Norco and Hahnville. Late 1940s. (Courtesy of The St. Charles Herald)
The pedestrian free ferry on the Mississippi River. 1950s. (Source: St. Charles Parish Resources and Facilities publication, 1961)
Early ferry service in the 1930s wasn’t always an easy crossing, especially in the spring when the river rose and the river was filled with driftwood.
Charles Troxler of Taft and friends in 1936 on the Shell skiff. Many citizens used similar vessels to criss-cross the Mississippi River from east to west banks and vice versa!
Bayou Des Allemands foot ferry. Early in the 20th Century. (Photo courtesy of Pat Yoes)