From The Valley Independent
September 6, 1960
Ferry boats have been part
of the Monongahela River
scene scene for almost two
Since the late 1700’s, boats have ferried
travelers across the Monongahela. At the turn of the 20th century, almost every community along the river had its own ferry boat.As more and more bridges were built many went out of business. However several still carry on day to day business.
One is the Consol, which operates between
Fayette City and Allenport. It is the third of these ferries. She is 52 feet long with a beam of 12 feet. Her power consists of a 110
horsepower Dodge engine connected to a Model T truck differential. The all-steel craft weighs 33 tons. It carries between 75 and
100 passengers a day and an average of 50
Beatrice Wolfe signals for the Consol.
Passengers Mrs. Jack Lessman and kids get a ride.
Thurman Smith, operator