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Looking back

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In the 1800s, ferry boats were one of the ways to cross the Delaware River. Shown here is one such ferry crossing the river at Hankins, NY. The Kellams, first Jacob, and then his son, William, operated the ferry at this location for many years. The boats were large enough to carry a horse and wagon as is pictured here. Ropes were rigged to pull the ferry from one side of the river to the other. A book, published in 2008, “The Ferry Boat Business on our Delaware River,” by Frank Talbot Dale, offers a closer look at this part of the river’s history.

From the collection of the Tusten Historical Society. The Tusten Historical Society’s hours at the Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton branch in Narrowsburg, are Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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