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Princeton Ferry

Princeton Ferry

Princeton, Colusa County, California

Drove down Highway 45 from Hamilton City, in Glenn County, along the Sacramento River. Kate and Tom and I made this drive on a scorching weekend about ten years ago and happened upon the ferry at Princeton, just a village below the levee on the river's west bank. Then, we crossed the river and took the levee road on the opposite shore; eventually we found a place to stop so we could all go for a swim in the river. Now the ferry's shut down -- I'm sure there was no money in it, though I'm sure the bigger issue for the locals is how far you need to drive north or south to find a crossing. There's a bridge about five miles north; the first one to the south is fifteen miles off.