Visual display of the Willard V. King (Ferry, circa 1924-1940?)

Willard V. King (Ferry, circa 1924-1940?)

  • BOAT TYPE: Railroad transfer ferry
  • BUILT: 1910 at Dubuque, Iowa
  • FORMERLY: B.F. Yoakum
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Dismantled at New Orleans
  • OWNERS: New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railroad Company; Missouri-Pacific Railroad (1927)
  • RIVERS: Mississippi River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 5796; She was renamed Willard V. King around 1924. In 1927, the Missouri-Pacific Railroad brought her to St. Louis to replace the James V. Lockwood. She worked from the Ivory Street dock in St. Louis until January 1940 when trains were rerouted over the Municipal bridge and the transfer business was discontinued. One source says that at this point the Willard V. King was sent to Natchez, Mississippi for a car ferry operation on the Missouri-Pacific's subsidiary Gulf Coast Line. At some point she was dismantled at New Orleans
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Underway at St. Louis with one train car visible on deck
  • Willard V. King (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 39827
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