Anderson Ferry celebrates 200 years of continuous business on the Ohio River

05/22/2017 04:38 PM

CONSTANCE – This year marks the 200th anniversary for one of Northern Kentucky’s oldest businesses, the Anderson Ferry.

Founded by George Anderson on March 3, 1817, the Anderson Ferry has transported horses, carriages, families and vehicles across the Ohio River between the small Boone County hamlet of Constance and southwestern Hamilton County, Ohio.

Captain Paul Anderson, who bought the ferry in 1986 from the Kottmyer family, and worked at the ferry during his teenage years, has been piloting the current 3-boat fleet ever since.

“I’ve always liked the water, liked working outside, having my own business, and it just kind of all worked out,” Anderson said.

Anderson estimates that approximately 500 cars a day ride the ferry between the two states, and says that the majority of his customers use the ferry because of its proximity to the airport.

Over the years, Anderson admits that he’s seen a lot of sights on the river.

“Buildings and bodies, people and bodies of animals, I’ve seen people jump off the boat,” Anderson said. “One time I was operating the second boat and I saw a drunk jump off of the ferry boat on a dare, because the people he was with said that they didn’t think he could swim to the bank, and he jumped into the river. We went to save him as he was pretty far down river before we caught up with him.

Anderson says a number of notable people have ridden the ferry over the years. They include baseball’s All-time hit king Pete Rose, Cincinnati pizza restaurant king Buddy LaRosa, and the late CBS journalist Charles Kurault.


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