Canby and Clackamas County are celebrating this year the 100th anniversary of the venerable Canby Ferry.
And officials putting the observances together would like a little help in honoring the ferry, which has been around in one form or another since 1914. The current ferry, the M.J. Lee, is the fifth vessel to ply the Willamette River waters between Canby and Wilsonville.
They need old and new photos of the ferry, the older the better, said Terry C. Learfield, a member of the Canby Ferry 100th Anniversary Committee and road operations supervisor for the Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance Committee. The photos can be dropped off at the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce at 191 SE Second Ave. or at the Canby Herald, 241 N. Grant St., both in Canby, or by calling Learfield at 503-650-3992. Another need is to find someone willing to donate one of the Canby chambers 2009 geocoins, which depicted the modern day ferry. They are all gone now and organizers want to put both the old and new geocoins on a plaque aboard the M.J. Lee, Learfield said. Anyone willing to donate a 2009 geocoin should call Learfield at 503-650-3992.
The Canby Ferrys 100th anniversary will be commemorated throughout the year, Learfield said. It already is featured in the 2014 Canby Historical Society calendar.
The Canby Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize the ferry anniversary on its 2014 Christmas ornaments, said Bev Doolittle, chamber executive director. It also will figure prominently in the Canby Chambers 2014 business directory and community map.
The ferry anniversary committee also hopes to commemorate the Canby Ferry during the 2014 Clackamas County Fair.