Shinn's Ferry

Shinn's Ferry (HMQ76)

Location: Bellwood, NE 68624 Butler County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 20.217', W 97° 8.351'

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Moses Shinn and his son Dick began operating Shinn's Ferry across the Platte in 1859. The original site was near Savannah, the first Butler County seat, and a short distance from the present Schuyler bridge. Just above this location the Platte was joined by the Loup River, providing ample water for the operation of a ferry. Farther west, the Platte could be crossed only by fording.

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.

HM NumberHMQ76
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number252
Placed ByButler County Historical Society & Nebraska Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 655701 N 4577833
Decimal Degrees41.33695000, -97.13918333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 20.217', W 97° 8.351'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 20' 13.02" N, 97° 8' 21.06" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1290-1292 NE-64, Bellwood NE 68624, US
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