Before the 1st Bridge at Memphis

Before the Frisco Bridge spanned the Mississippi at Memphis, rail cars were ferried across the river. A friend sent this photo of where he believes the cars were loaded and unloaded.

125 years ago, 1885 -
From the Commercial Appeal “Mid-South Memories"
A ferry boat is shortly to start running from West Memphis across to Beale and touching at the foot of Jackson. The 50-cent fare will be well worth the price to railroad passengers coming to Memphis on the Kansas City line since they will be able to get to Memphis via the ferryboat much sooner than if they wait for the transfer.