Sunrise Ferry

Sunrise Ferry

by St. Croix Scenic Byway on June 9, 2013

Sunrise FerryThe Sunrise Ferry was the only way for the people of West Sterling to get to Sunrise to buy groceries, except in the dead of winter when they could cross on frozen ice.  The ferry had two pulleys and two chains that attached to a cable crossing the St. Croix River.

“We used poles and pushed the ferry to make it cross the river.  In later years we attached a motor, but that was not reliable.”  The ferry ran day and night, rain or shine, even hauling loads of moonshine.


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