200-year-old historic Darwin Ferry to be sold

For 200 years, the Darwin Ferry has been in the Wabash River, but this year that will change.

Posted: Mar. 5, 2018 5:09 PM
Updated: Mar. 5, 2018 6:34 PM

DARWIN, Ill. (WTHI) - For 200 years, the Darwin Ferry has been in the Wabash River, but this year that will change.

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When the Darwin Ferry operation began, it was one of many on the river.

Now, it's the last one left.

The Darwin Ferry business was started in 1818, which makes it 200 years old this year.

Albert Wernz has been a co-owner of the Darwin Ferry for over 40 years.

He's sad to see the business come to an end.

"It breaks our heart, you know, that it's 200 years old and now it's going to be history," said Wernz.

The state of Indiana recently bought the land across the river, which was previously farm land.

Farmers used the ferry to haul equipment back and forth, hauling about 60,000 pounds.

Now that the land is sold, the ferry isn't needed.

Wernz says their hope is for someone to take over.

"We would certainly like for somebody to take it over, to purchase it, to keep the ferry going," said Wernz.

If it does get taken away, he says he's not the only one who will miss the historic ferry.

"A lot of people, and I'm sure after it's gone, they will all be very sad," said Wernz.

Whether the ferry moves, or someone takes over, Wernz says he will always have many great memories.

If you are interested in the purchase of the ferry, or would like more information, you can contact Albert Wernz at 217-251-3333

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