River ferries topic of history center program

The Sherburne History Center in Becker will host a program on the history of river ferries in Minnesota at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Steve Houle, a carpenter and historian from Clearwater, has researched information and was part of a crew that constructed a replica 1850s ferry completed in 2008 by the Clearwater Masonic Lodge No. 28.   The ferry is similar to one that operated at the Clearwater / Clear Lake landings on the Mississippi River.  The lodge built the ferry to be used for charity.

Houle has recently completed a book entitled “Ferries in Minnesota” on research he compiled about the Clearwater ferry including additional information about river ferry operation in Minnesota.

The Clearwater ferry is thought to have been the last and longest-running swing cable ferry business on the Mississippi, according to Houle.

The Sherburne History Center is located at 10775 27th Ave SE in Becker. Its website is www.sherburnehistorycenter.org.

For more information about this program, contact the Sherburne History Center at 763-261-4433 or metro at 763-262-4433.

The program will follow a short annual meeting of the Sherburne County Historical Society.

This program is free and open to the public.    Refreshments will be served.

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