And One More on the Way: Cassville Ferry

Cassville Ferry


As part of our conference countdown, I’m adding another to the series of postings of possible places you might want to add to your Wilder conference trip. Some will be Laura related, others are just kind of neat tourist spots. Enjoy!

The Ingalls Family were often traveling through areas where there aren’t any bridges. They crossed rivers by ferry. You can too. Much safer than driving across the frozen river, the Cassville Ferry runs from Cassville , Wisconsin, to Millville, Iowa, across the Mississippi River. It connects two National Scenic Byways; the Great River Road in Wisconsin (which eventually goes to Pepin) and the Iowa Great River Road. Ferries serviced the area as far back as 1833 and this particular ferry is the oldest operating car ferry in Wisconsin. This small car ferry gives you a good feeling of what it would be like to take your covered wagon across a river ferry with other travelers. It’s really a memorable experience and a great way to get an up close look at the Mississippi River.
Find more information on their website. Or watch one family’s video of the ferry.

And, in case you’re wondering, the photo is from our family trip awhile ago. That’s me on the left and my grandmother on the right.

Sarah S. Uthoff blogs at TrundleBed Tales; look for her on Twitter and YouTube and Blog Talk Radio
Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, Vice-President and Membership Chair

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One comment on “And One More on the Way: Cassville Ferry
  1. Kris says:


    We live in Dubuque, Ia and took that kind of Laura trip a few years ago. We drove to Casville and took the ferry back to the Iowa side and then continued up to Burr Oak, Ia to visit the Laura Ingalls site there. It was a really fun day trip for us.