The year 2014 is "Canby Ferry Centennial Celebration Year" in Clackamas County, as proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners Thursday, Jan. 9.
The Canby Ferry, which crosses the Willamette River between Canby and Wilsonville, began operations in 1914. The fifth Canby Ferry continues to provide an efficient and inexpensive transportation link from 6:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. daily.
"This is the first proclamation this board has made, because we save them for very special occasions," said Board Chair John Ludlow.
Clackamas County, the City of Canby, the Canby Chamber of Commerce and other organizations will celebrate the 100th anniversary throughout 2014 with special events and programs each month.
The Canby Ferry, owned and operated by the Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance Division, transports more than 80,000 vehicles each year. The three-minute, 800-foot crossing saves commuters time and fuel costs and provides a nostalgic journey for tourists, local residents, shoppers and history buffs.
More information about the ferry is available at www.clackamas.us/roads/ferry.html.
The first Canby Ferry, pictured above, was powered by horses pulling a cable.
It ran from 1914 to 1916, when it was replaced by a gas-powered ferry.