Gustavus Glenn was a freight hauler with teams of oxen and horses moving needed goods along the Kelton -to-Boise section of the Oregon Trail. Gus's huge freight wagons were pulled in long trains with as many as twenty yoke of oxen per wagon. He moved along the Snake River Valley and dusty desert in what became almost a continuous line of travelers. In 1869, Gustavus Glenn built a ferry boat so his wagons and others could cross the Snake River without the danger of driving horse and oxen teams through unpredictable waters. (By this time traffic on the Oregon Trail was heavy in both directions). His ferry crossed the Snake River about a mile down stream from where Glenns Ferry, the community, is today. Hence, the name bestowed on our community, "Glenns Ferry". Later more ferries were built for crossing the river as were water wheels (for irrigation purposes).
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