Snake River ferry northwest of Weiser, Idaho, 1954. This is labeled as Brownlee Ferry, but judging by the topography I would say this is upriver from Brownlee. There was a bridge over the Snake River between the communities of Heath, Idaho and Robinette, Oregon at least as early as 1937, so there was no need for a ferry in the immediate vicinity of what we now call Brownlee.
The photo gives an idea of the sort of ferries that were used in Idaho’s territorial days and early years of statehood. Highway bridges put most of them out of business in the 1920s, but in remote areas they were maintained for the private use of farmers to move equipment and livestock across the river.
Photo by Irving Cornell