Takhini River Ferry

According to lifetime Whitehorse resident Lloyd Ryder, the ferry in the above photograph is the Takhini River ferry, which was 21 miles from…

According to lifetime Whitehorse resident Lloyd Ryder, the ferry in the above photograph is the Takhini River ferry, which was 21 miles from Whitehorse.

He said when he was a kid, a man by the name of Jimmy Adams ran the Takhini Roadhouse at that location.

The photograph was taken between 1935 and 1940.

Lloyd said it appears to be Ollie Erickson’s pickup coming off the ferry, and the lady with the white hat in the foreground is Mrs. Erickson.

It was a cable ferry.

Thanks a lot Lloyd, our river history is interesting.

Also, we have the following responses from Gudrun Sparling and David Silas from Pelly Crossing:

Dear Jim:

Your recent photo in the Yukon News is a photo I took many years ago — probably around 1937-’38.

I believe there still are remains of this ferry system over the Takhini River on the Old Watson Trail.

My father — John Olof Erikson, is driving the old Regina Hotel truck off the ferry.

You will note there are two rowboats, one on either side of the Takhini River. This was to facilitate people who were on the opposite side to where the ferry was docked.

The small child in the background to the right, helping to hold the rowboat, is my brother John Erickson.

The other people are my mother, Mrs. Kristina Erickson, and next to her, with a cap on, is Chuck Chapman, a White Pass employee.

The other person holding the boat is my school chum Evelyn (Babe) Richards.

Someone — who is more mechanically minded than me — can explain the mechanism to the left of the truck.

There is a huge wheel and cables, and this enabled us to cross the river. Hope you can figure this out.

By the way, I took this picture with an old Eastman Kodak that I owned. The camera is now at the MacBride Museum.

Gudrun (Goody) Sparling

Whitehorse

Jim:

I think this ferry was located on the Pelly River, the old crossing before the bridge was built in the 60s, near the local Log Church near the river.

David Silas

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

In Portals, artist Dee Bailey finds safety, comfort in whimsical landscapes

The exhibition opened at Arts Underground on July 3

Rezoning process of industrial lot starts

Public hearing scheduled for July 27

Yukon River Chinook run not as disastrous as feared, but still small

This year’s Yukon River Chinook salmon run isn’t as disastrous as originally… Continue reading

New contract approved for landfill management

Norcope Construction Group will be responsible for “daily operations” at the landfill

Recount planned following Carcross/Tagish First Nation’s close election for chief

Lynda Dickson received 109 votes, with runner up Danny Cresswell just five votes behind

Today’s mailbox: COVID reopening

Letter to the editor published July 3

Vuntut Gwitchin councillor submits resignation

Vuntut Gwitchin councillor Cheryl Charlie has submitted her resignation, leaving Chief Dana… Continue reading

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Ancient lake bed sediments, unusual plants are markers of the Takhini salt flats

It’s one of the Yukon’s best open geological secrets, a well-known but… Continue reading

Yukon University hires director of finance

Yukon University announced in a press release on June 29 that Sheila… Continue reading

Diamond Tooth Gerties to reopen

The Klondike Visitors Association (KVA) announced in a press release on June… Continue reading

Newly-elected Liard First Nation chief accuses YG of interfering with election

Stephen Charlie says YG’s announcement days before election endorsed previous chief

Most Read