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Then and Now: Black's Ferry
Posted on Jul 2nd, 2013

Yesterday:  Black’s Ferry over the San Bernard in the mid-1800s. Will Sweeny ran the ferry and was Sweeny, Texas’ first postmaster.
Yesterday: Black’s Ferry, one of three ferries on the San Bernard, transported people, animals and wagons across the river.
Vintage Photo Credit: mysweeny.com
Today: Black’s Ferry Bridge replaced the old Black’s Ferry at the point where FM 522 crosses the San Bernard River.
Historical side note: Texas history buffs will remember that the bulk of the Mexican Army was not defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
There was an organized Mexican army of 2,500 still in the field. Why didn’t they continue the fight? One of the reasons is that they were engulfed in the “sea of mud” between the San Bernard and West Bernard (map).  
The Mexican Army was unable to affect an organized withdrawal and reorganize because so many of its carts and draft animals were mired in the mud. Many soldiers were exhausted in their efforts to extricate the equipment. Viva la San Bernard!
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Comment By: Nancy Kanter
Posted on Jul 2, 2013

Very cool. Thanks for the article.

Comment By: Marie Breakiron
Posted on Jul 12, 2013

I loved this spotlight on the SBR history. Thank you. I would love to see more of the SBR history.


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