Anniversary will be commemorated throughout the year

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The first Canby Ferry was powered by horses pulling a cable. It ran from 1914 to 1916, when it was replaced by a gas-powered ferry. Canby and Clackamas County are celebrating this year the 100th anniversary of the venerable Canby Ferry. In light of the occasion, on Jan. 9 the board of county commissioners declared 2014 as “Canby Ferry Centennial Celebration Year.”

The Canby Ferry, which crosses the Willamette River between Canby and Wilsonville, began operations in 1914. The current ferry, the M.J. Lee, is the fifth vessel to ply the Willamette River waters between Canby and Wilsonville.

“This is the first proclamation this board has made, because we save them for very special occasions,” said Board Chairman John Ludlow.

The Canby Ferry, owned and operated by the Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance Division, transports more than 80,000 vehicles each year. The three-minute, 800-foot crossing saves commuters time and fuel costs and provides a nostalgic journey for tourists, local residents, shoppers and history buffs, according to the county.

Clackamas County, the city of Canby, the Canby Chamber of Commerce and other organizations will celebrate the 100th anniversary throughout 2014 with special events and programs each month.

Officials putting the observances together would like a little help in honoring the ferry. They need old and new photos of the ferry, the older the better, said Terry C. Learfield, a member of the Canby Ferry 100th Anniversary Committee and road operations supervisor for the Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance Committee.

The photos can be dropped off at the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce at 191 SE Second Ave. or at the Canby Herald, 241 N. Grant St., both in Canby, or by calling Learfield at 503-650-3992.

Another need is to find someone willing to donate one of the Canby chamber’s 2009 geocoins, which depicted the modern day ferry. They are all gone now and organizers want to put both the old and new geocoins on a plaque aboard the M.J. Lee, Learfield said. Anyone willing to donate a 2009 geocoin should call Learfield at 503-650-3992.

The Canby Ferry’s 100th anniversary will be commemorated throughout the year, Learfield said. It already is featured in the 2014 Canby Historical Society calendar.

The Canby Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize the ferry anniversary on its 2014 Christmas ornaments, said Bev Doolittle, chamber executive director, as well as the group’s business directory and community map.

The ferry anniversary committee also hopes to commemorate the Canby Ferry during the 2014 Clackamas County Fair.

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