New marker shows history of Donahue Ferry Road in Pineville
If you've lived in Cenla for a while, there's a good chance you've driven down Donahue Ferry Road in Pineville. But, do you know the history behind the name? Well, thanks to some local historians, we know the story.
The Central Louisiana Historical Association and the City of Pineville unveiled a marker, commemorating the road on Thursday, March 5. They believe it to be the oldest, if not one of the oldest, roads in Rapides Parish, dating back to the mid-19th century.
The road was named after William Donahue who bought a ferry for 400 pinewood cords. You may have thought the ferry was for the Red River. However, historians found out it actually ferried people across a little river in the community of Bob in Grant Parish.
“Took a lot of research to pin it down and be sure the place we thought it crossed the river was still this road, and we were able to do that," said Paul Price with the Central Louisiana Historical Association.
Donahue Ferry Road was also the main route for travel in the area during Colonial and Antebellum times. The road linked Cenla to Natchez, Mississippi.