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On August 22 the City of Wilsonville is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a citywide 'block party' in Town Center Park. We're joining the fun with a series of photographic evidence of just how far the city has come since 1846. To find out more about Wilsonville's history go to www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/residents/page/history-wilsonville or visit the Heritage section in the Wilsonville Library.

PHOTO COURTESY WILSONVILLE-BOONES FERRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - The Jesse Boone ferry boat cost $15,000 to build in 1937; it had two 440-volt motors and a backup gas engine. Back in its early days it would cost you 25 cents to get your horse and wagon across the river -- unless it was at night, when prices doubled.

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - Many things have changed about this site in Wilsonvilles century-and-a-half of history: Boones Ferry stopped operation in 1954 and the property -- once a privately held home for the ferry operator -- is owned by the city.

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