Heavy Boise freight traffic from Pacific
Rail terminals in Utah and Nevada led
Gus Glenn to start a ferry here in 1870.
This crossing (just below I-84's bridges) connected
to a shorter and better freight road. James S.
Reynolds notes its advantages: "By it King Hill,
Clear Creek Hill, and that horrid road between
Canyon Creek and Rattlesnake are avoided."
Indians captured and sank Glenn's Ferry during
a Bannock War skirmish here in 1878. But
overland stage service started here in 1879
and lasted until Glenn's Ferry became an
important railroad center in 1883.