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Los Ebanos Ferry

Photos 

US side with US border station

Photo taken by Richard Dale in February 2010

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BH Photo #156716

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The Los Ebanos Ferry, formally known as the Los Ebanos-Diaz Ordaz Ferry, is a hand-operated cable ferry that travels across the Rio Grande between Los Ebanos, Texas and Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Tamaulipas. It is the last of its kind along the entire stretch of the Rio Grande. The city of Los Ebanos was named after the Texas Ebony (Ebenopsis ebano) that anchors the ferry

Facts 

Overview
Ferry across Rio Grande River
Location
Hidalgo County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic
History
Open 1950 currently in use
Design
Last hand pulled ferry in the United States which crosses into Mexico
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.23932, -98.56510   (decimal degrees)
26°14'22" N, 98°33'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/543435/2902260 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Los Ebanos
Inventory number
BH 44295 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 1, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 1, 2010: Added by Richard Dale

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Comments 

Los Ebano's Ferry
Posted February 26, 2011, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

The description and photos of this little ferry are an excellent glimpse into a ferry method that has nearly disappeared.