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Harrell's Ferry


Harrell's Ferry, AKA Mrs. Harrell's Ferry, was operated by Verlinda Harrell, widow of Louis Harrell of the 7th Ward of Livingston Parish, starting in 1866. The ferry crossed the Amite River on the Baton Rouge-Springfield Road. The area was originally known as Duff's Ferry. In The ferry's operator changed and was operated by the Weisgerber Family before it ceased operations around 1915. The ferry's namesake lives on as its access road, which began at the original Baton Rouge-Hammond Highway (first known as Benton's Ferry Road and then served as the original US 190), is known as Harrell's Ferry Road. The road was cut by the construction of I-12 in the late 1960s/early 1970s such that the northern part is known as North Harrell's Ferry Road and southern part is South Harrell's Ferry Road.


Lost Ferry across Amite River on present day Harrell's Ferry Rd.
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, and Livingston Parish, Louisiana
Removed but not replaced
One of the historical ferries across the Amite River. The ferry served as the Amite River crossing on the Baton Rouge and Springfield Public Road from 1866 until it was abandoned in 1915.
Ferry crossing
Also called
Mrs. Harrell's Ferry, Duff's Ferry
Approximate latitude, longitude
+30.41496, -90.96579   (decimal degrees)
30°24'54" N, 90°57'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/695393/3366524 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Denham Springs
Inventory number
BH 53651 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2012: Added by Jared Mixson


Harrell's Ferry
Posted March 24, 2020, by mark marchiafava (chipolacaps [at] yahoo [dot] com)

are there any known pics of the actual ferry ?

Harrell's Ferry
Posted October 9, 2014, by Eric Allen (1978262c [at] gmail [dot] com)

What years did this ferry run? I cant find any info. This is bugging me!