Monday, March 22, 2010
We took the ferry crossing the Mississippi River. It costs $20 round-trip per vehicle (passengers included in the price). I thought of asking the question, "What would the fare be for a truck-load of people in the back of a pick-up truck?", but the young men who operated the ferry did not look like they were in the mood to chat. Definitely not amused by city people driving a fancy T-bird, paying $20 just to cross the river and come right back, without purpose. I was glad to capture the barge going down the river transporting a heavy load, probably rocks from one of the quarries, while watching the ferry coming back to Missouri side.
During our previous ferry ride a few years ago, we got off and drove to Fort de Chartres on the Illinois side. We walked around the fort, no admission fee required but there was no official guide either. We learned a little about French Colonial life from a brochure we picked up at the gift shop. It was in August and it was really hot so we did not spend much time there and I could not tell you much from that brochure or from what I saw or remembered, just that it was a rough life without any of the modern convenience such as cooking stove, refrigerator and no computer ** haa haa **
According to the Visitors Guide, http://www.greatriverroad.com/, "Just north of town is the Ste.Genevieve-Modoc Ferry which the locals like to call "The French Connection." This ferry, two miles north of the Great River Road Interpretive Center on Main Street, takes vehicles and passengers across the Mississippi River to Randolph County, Illinois where visitors can experience more of French Colonial life at the Pierre Menard Home, Fort Kaskaskia, and Fort de Chartres. Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area are located west of town and provide its visitors with unique outdoor experiences." More about America's towns along the Mississippi River in future posts.