November 10, 2022

A look back: the first ferry across the Kalamazoo River

The first ferry across the Kalamazoo River, which is in Comstock, by the bridge where King Highway meets Michigan Avenue. The toll charges were:
25 cents for two horses and a wagon
6.5 cents (yes-really) for each additional horse
25 cents for one yoke of oxen
12.5 cents for one person and a horse
4.25 cents for each foot passenger
If you know how to give change for either a half or a quarter of a cent, Township Superintendent Scott Hess is very curious.