New efforts help promote river ferry

NEW SIGNS INSTALLED–Several groups recently came together to get new signs installed to help direct to the Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry, as well as promote the French Colonial Historic District. These volunteers wanted to replace the previous signs that were damaged/destroyed by vandalism and weather, and plan to keep a watch on the area to keep it welcoming to visitors.

Throngs of motorcycle riders, bicyclists and others have crossed the Mississippi River on the ferry between the Kaskaskia Regional Port District’s Kellogg Dock in Randolph County, and Ste. Genevieve in Missouri. 

Although, even before COVID-19 slammed the lid on tourism, there seemed to be a problem with visitors, unfamiliar with Randolph County, finding the ferry landing near Modoc. There were signposts pointing the way once. Many were destroyed by vandals and the elements. There was one left on Roots Road near State Route 3, the Great River Road, and another at Modoc that pointed to Kellogg Dock, but many were unsure where to go from there.

Earlier this year, the Tourism Committee of the Prairie du Rocher Chamber of Commerce began imagining a new sign system, one that would not only provide guidance, but also one that would welcome ferry passengers to the French Colonial Historic District. 

For more on these new signs, please see this week’s print edition.