The ferry also provides a direct route for area truckers, farmers and industries, and is the official crossing point for bicyclists enjoying the Great River Road or the Mississippi River Bicycle Trail. The ferry operates year-round, except when river conditions make ferry operation unsafe.
The ferry was owned by Ardell "Snap" Curratt in the 1940s. Snap was the proprietor of the old tavern in Modoc, which at that time was named "Snap 'n Jules." Jules was Snap's father-in-law. Snap later became the sheriff of Randolph County. The tavern was a local hot spot in the days of loose laws in the era of cars with running boards.
Take a ride on the Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry from Illinois to Missouri.
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