National Geographic : 1945 Jul
Staff Photographer Willard R.Culver A Motor-driven Cable Ferry at Shepherdstown Replaces the Road Bridge Washed Out in1936 Periodic floods reaching unbelievable levels have ravaged the Potomac and its shore-hugging canal (page 40). Piers infront ofthe Norfolk and Western Railway bridge are gravestones of an old, drowned-out span. The girl sits on a pier of the ruined highway bridge, since replacedbyatoll-free span. This barge and Whites Ferry were the last of the river's many ferries. Pack Horse Ford, in the far distance, saw heavy traffic during the Battle of Antietam, fought near byinMaryland (left). James Rumsey demonstrated his pioneer steamboat along this placid bend (page 56).