History of Boones Ferry Road ==== PRE-PUB ROUGH DRAFT May 4, 2021

This has duplication, sentence frags, etc. Just a bunch of stuff, as of this writing! To be completed by May 18th.


Boones Ferry Road is one of the oldest roads in the region, extending away from the ferry north toward Portland and south to Salem.

The Boones Ferry Road route is much older than 170 years. Jesse Boone, great-grandson of Daniel Boone, laid a split log roadway from the family homestead near present-day Wilsonville north to Portland and south toward Salem. He cleared the road in 1847 by following an ancient indigenous trail. The Willamette Valley was the traditional homeland of the widespread Kalapuya people. Today, most Kalapuya descendants are enrolled in the federally recognized Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Some are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz.

The Boones’ cable ferry was propelled by oarsmen from the nearby Tualatin band, one of the Kalapuya. The first iteration of the ferry was a couple of canoes joined together by a platform. The ferry crossed the Willamette River near present-day Wilsonville from 1847 to 1954. In pioneer times, Boones Ferry Road was part of a major land-based thoroughfare that linked Portland with the pre-territorial government at Champoeg, and later Salem. The Ferry was eventually made obsolete by the Boone Bridge on Interstate 5.

Image of the Boones Ferry crossing the Willamette

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Establishment of the Ferry at Wilsonville

Alfonso Boone, grandson of Daniel Boone, founded the Boone's Ferry in 1847. The ferry crossed the Willamette at present-day Wilsonville, where the river runs west to east. Alphonso Boone, legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone's grandson and father of Jesse Van Bibber Boone, established the ferry in 1847 Jesse Boone (Alfonso's eldest son, Daniel's Great Grandson) cleared the Boone's Ferry Road and operated the ferry until his (early) demise in 1872.

Construction of the Boones Ferry Road

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Jesse Boone's Death

Boone died when only 48 years old! Why?

Morning Oregonian, March 25, 1872 BY STATE TELEGRAPH

Fatal Shooting Affray at Boone's Ferry.

Oregon City, March 25.--Jesse V. Boone of Clackamas county, was shot fatally to day, about 9 o'clock A. M., by Jacob Ingle, on the premises of the deceased, near Boone's ferry landing. The dispute arose about the division of some sheep. Boone died in a few minutes after he was shot. Ingle is now a prisoner in charge of Sheriff Warner.

end of TELEGRAPH report.

Jesse Boone had a farm near the ferry landing (a land use donation claim) where this took place, evidently.

J.V. Boone is buried in Butteville Cemetery, not far from his farm. Grave is unmarked, along with others in his family. There is a George Boone marker. Boone grave is straight ahead about 40 feet from the north gate of the cemetery.

Butteville Cemetery
Butteville, Marion County, Oregon, USA
PLOT: SW Quarter
MEMORIAL ID: 16678466

Historical Marker placed

A historical marker was placed at the north end by the Boone Family in 1937. It's not a gravestone, it's a historical marker. Jesse is buried in the Butteville Cemetery, near Butteville Oregon — couple miles from the Boone's Ferry Landing on the Willamette River, close to Wilsonville.

JESSE V BOONE HISTORICAL MARKER
IN MEMORY OF
JESSE V. BOONE
1824-1872
FOUNDER OF THE BOONE'S FERRY IN 1847
GREAT GRANDSON OF DANIEL BOONE
ERECTED BY THE BOONE FAMILY ASSOCIATION 1937

A Historical Marker, “In Memory of Jesse Boone, 1824 – 1872, Founder of the Boone’s Ferry in 1847” was dedicated Oct 24, 1937 by the Boone Family Association. It sits at the nexus of Boones Ferry Road and Taylors Ferry Road.

A large engraved marker dedicated to his memory was installed by the Boone Family Association in October 1937 near the intersection of Southwest Boones Ferry and Taylor's Ferry roads in Southwest Portland. Jesse's 78-year-old son, Van Daniel Boone, unveiled the marker during a ceremony. WE HAVE THE HANDWRITTEN speech that was given on that day, Will transcribe it here ASAP.

I-5 and the Boone Bridge

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The Better Boones Ferry Road Project in Lake Grove

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Boones Ferry Road Culvert Updated, 2020-2021

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services completed a major habitat restoration and bridge-building project over Tryon Creek for SW Boones Ferry Road at SW Arnold Street on Friday, April 16, 2021. Construction started February 2020. City, aware of the problems with the culvert, has been talking about improvements since 2005.

The new Tryon Creek bridge allows the creek to flow freely. It replaced an aging culvert which restricted water flow, caused erosion and flood surges and blocked fish and wildlife. The new 125-foot span includes two travel lanes, wide sidewalks and a trail for people and wildlife underneath it. It creates and restores connections for fish, wildlife and people.

References (some unformatted)

  • Boone family: Myths and Mysteries, September 12 2019. Shows Janet Boone. [Pamplin Media]
  • Good report on Boone Gravesite [Pamplin Media]
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boones_Ferry
  • https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16678466/jesse-vanbibber-boone
  • [Interpretive PDF]. Photos courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society.
  • [Tualatin Signage?
  • You can also see good a Wikipedia article on Boones Ferry [WikiPedia].