Ferry Passage Between Bushkill and Dingman’s
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[no entry in day books – assigned number]
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Date: 1934
Size: 9″H x 13″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas-board
Type: landscape
Inscription: lr: Frank E. Schoonover to Betty Stine
Annotations: en verso: Bushkill Pa / Ferry passage between Bushkill and Dingman’s / To Betty Stine / December 21, 1934 / from the artist Frank E. Schoonover /
Comments: TP 5/9/02; form 5/9/02; index; edit
Commentary: The area of the Delaware River pictured is where Dingman’s Ferry ran. It was a single vehicle ferry pulled across the river using cables and was “the first ferry in the Upper Minisink Valley [Pennsylvania] established in 1735 by Andrew Dingman. It ran from his home in today’s Dingman’s Ferry, Delaware Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania, to the opposite shore in Sandyston Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. Dingman’s Ferry…ran for one-hundred and one years.” (Shukaitis, Nancy. Lasting Legacies of the Lower Minisink. 2007:114.)
Later, a bridge was built and had to be rebuilt three times due to storms and floods. While the bridges were being rebuilt, Andrew Dingman III resumed the ferry trips across the Delaware. Finally, in 1900, the current Dingman’s Ferry wrought iron bridge was built. It withstood the floods of 1955. (Shukaitis, Ibid)
Provenance: Given by artist to Betty Stine (December 21, 1934); private collection