The Anderson Ferry has been in continuous operation since 1817. It is the lone survivor of dozens of ferries which once served the Cincinnati area. It is located about 6 miles west of downtown Cincinnati, providing the only automobile crossing between the I-71/75 Brent Spence Bridge and the I-275 Caroll C. Cropper Bridge. The ferry has been in operation so long that a dirt road leading to it dating from the early 1800's grew into a major West Side road in the 1900's. Anderson Ferry Rd. makes the ferry easy to find, and has been free advertising for the operation for over 100 years.
The ferry has become increasingly popular in recent years as the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport has expanded and operates three boats during peak hours. The airport is located about three miles south of the ferry in Kentucky, and has grown from a single runway in the 1940's to one of the nation's largest airports, with over 1,200 daily flights. The ferry saves West Siders ten miles of driving, and is popular both with those catching flights and those who work at the airport.
Ferries are victims of their own success, and proposals
for a bridge in the area have floated around for decades. With each proposal
a citizens group forms to oppose it, and the ferry gets a few more years
to carry on. A bridge most likely will be built in this area eventually,
as utilities have been extended and efforts to develop western Hamilton
County are being pushed.
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