Menor's Ferry

Across Snake River just above park headquarters, Grand Teton National Park, Moose, Wyoming


Menor's Ferry

Photo taken by Jim Allen in September 2010



Street View 


Menor's Ferry is a typical 19th Century ferry operation crossing a swift mountain stream at a spot where the water is concentrated in a single deep channel by high, solidly formed, well vegetated banks on both sides. The site includes the homesite of Mr. Menor as well as the Ferry itself. The log buildings present an unusual appearance since Mr. Menor made use of an adjacent lime pit to manufacture a whitewash with which all buildings received a yearly application.

The ferry itself, large enough to carry a fully loaded wagon of logs plus a four horse team, was formed of two sharp prowed boats across which the carrying platform was set at right angles. The ferry swung from a cable by means of a double line either one of which could be shortened while its opposite was lengthened by means of a windlass set on the platform and operated by the pilot. Thus the prows of the boat could be pointed at the angle desired and the current itself carried the ferry across the stream. from the Nation Register nomination form.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1969
Reference number
Areas of significance
Commerce; Communications; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Water-related; Business
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Significant years
1892; 1927
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • September 27, 2013: Updated by Jim Allen: Added description
  • September 27, 2013: New photos from Jim Allen