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Location of Ramsdale's Crossing/Ferry on the Sabine River.
A view of Trammel's Trace on the south side of the Sabine River at the location of Ramsdale's Crossing/Ferry. Photograph by Gary Pinkerton (

RAMSDALE'S CROSSING/FERRY (HARRISON COUNTY). Francis Ramsdale's Crossing/Ferry on the Sabine River was located approximately twelve miles south of Marshall at the point where the modern-day counties of Harrison, Panola, and Rusk converge (at 32° 24' N, 94° 30' W). In addition to serving as the point at which Trammel's Trace crossed the Sabine River, the ferry was an important landmark in area boundary history and was mentioned as a corner in the creation of Harrison County in 1839 and Rusk County in 1843.


Harrison County, 1846, Map No. 1460, Colony and District Collection, Archives and Records Division, Texas General Land Office, Austin. Hans Peter Nielsen Gammel, comp., Laws of Texas, 1822–1897 (10 vols., Austin: Gammel, 1898).

Jim Tiller

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Handbook of Texas Online, Jim Tiller, "Ramsdale's Crossing/ferry (Harrison County)," accessed December 17, 2017,

Uploaded on October 22, 2016. Modified on October 26, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.