Between 1859-1872, thousands of wagons and travelers crossed at Shinn's Ferry, some en route to Ft. Kearny via the south bank of the Platte, and others representing local traffic between Butler and Colfax counties: Moses Shinn, a religious man, reportedly held daily services for travelers using the ferry.
The original ferry was accidentally destroyed in 1865. A replacement was used until a bridge was constructed at Schuyler in 1872. The demise of Shinn's Ferry, and the removal of the Butler county seat to David City in 1873, doomed the town of Savannah which at one time boated the courthouse, a hotel, stores and a blacksmith shop. No traces of Savannah survive today.
|Series||This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Butler County Historical Society & Nebraska Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:58am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 655701 N 4577833|
|Decimal Degrees||41.33695000, -97.13918333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 20.217', W 97° 8.351'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 20' 13.02" N, 97° 8' 21.06" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1290-1292 NE-64, Bellwood NE 68624, US|
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