The Anderson Ferry has been in continuous operation since1817. It is the lone survivor of dozens of ferries which once servedthe Cincinnati area. It is located about 6 miles west of downtownCincinnati, providing the only automobile crossing between the I-71/75 BrentSpence Bridge and the I-275 CarollC. Cropper Bridge. The ferry has been in operation so long that a dirtroad leading to it dating from the early 1800's grew into a major WestSide road in the 1900's. Anderson Ferry Rd. makes the ferry easyto find, and has been free advertising for the operation for over 100 years.
The ferry has become increasingly popular in recent yearsas the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport has expanded and operates threeboats during peak hours. The airport is located about three milessouth of the ferry in Kentucky, and has grown from a single runway in the1940'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 withthose catching flights and those who work at the airport.
Ferries are victims of their own success, and proposalsfor a bridge in the area have floated around for decades. With each proposala citizens group forms to oppose it, and the ferry gets a few more yearsto carry on. A bridge most likely will be built in this area eventually,as utilities have been extended and efforts to develop western HamiltonCounty are being pushed.
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