Tarver's Ferry





An Act amendatory of an Act, approved October 1, 1866, entitled An Act granting to James L. Tarver the privilege of constructing a ferry across Big Cypress. 

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas. That section five of an act entitled "An act granting to James L. Tarver the privilege of constructing a ferry across Big Cypress, approved October 1, 1866, be and the same is hereby amended so that the said section shall read as follows: Sec. 5. That the County Court of Upshur county shall appoint two commissioners, on the application of the proprietors of such ferry, citizens of said county, whose duty it shall be to examine and approve said ferry, as well as the causeways and bridges on each side of the creek, authorized by this act to be constructed and made, and report the same, whenever completed and in good order, to said county court, at a regular meeting thereof; and whenever the said road and bridges or ferries shall have been examined and reported in good order by said commissioners, said company shall be entitled. te demand and enforce the collection of toil or ferriage at the: rates specified in the fourth section of this act. Sec. 2. That section eight of the said act of which this act is amendatory, shall hereafter read as follows: Sec. 8. It shall not be lawful for any person or persons to erect any toll bridge or establish a ferry within three miles of the location of this ferry during the period of time allotted to the party above named. Sec. 3. That this act take effect from and after its passage. Passed October 13, 1871.

The foregoing act, received in the office of the Secretary of State, October twenty-three, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one, having been presented to the Governor of Texas for his approval, and not having been returned by him to the House in which it originated within the time prescribed. by the Constitution, has be-come a law without his approval. JAMES P. NEWCOMB, Secretary of State.



Historical Marker Text:

Tarver's Ferry

Once located at a strategic crossing of Big Cypress Creek, this pioneer ferry transported settlers moving west into Texas through populous Jefferson, on Big Cypress Bayou. Those going to the interior of Texas often came by horse or oxen, stopping for provisions at nearby town of Coffeeville. The ferry operator probably was James L. Tarver, who lived on Coffeeville Road, 1860s. Many years before, the Caddo Indians forded stream at this same point in their travels. By 1867 a bridge was built at the crossing and the ferry was no longer needed.