Here's is an interesting article found in the August 21, 1925 Crittenden Press.
FORDS FERRY ROAD GETS FEATURE PAGE STORY.
Courier Journal of Sunday, August 16, Devotes Page to New Project and to Historical Legends of Early Days.
In the feature section of the Courier Journal of last Sunday a whole page was devoted to our new Ford Ferry and Cave in Rock. It said in part:
On a decision of the Illinois Highway Department, expected next month, hangs the hope of a large section of Western Kentucky for the early construction of an inter state highway which, in Kentucky and in Southern Illinois, will traverse a section as filled with history of dark deeds, romances, crimes, and unmentionable tales as the landscapes of the section are filled with midsummer haze.
The road, which will connect the section through which it is to be built with concrete roads Illinois is building, now financed partly by bond issues totalling $160,100,000 and give to Southern Illinois a inlet to the Louisville-Paducah road, now under construction, will run from Hopkinsville to Princeton, Marion, Fords Ferry and Cave in Rock.
Mystery surrounds Fords Ferry. The man whose name is attached to that Ohio river point remains a man of mystery after a century.
Historians are as yet unable to unravel his secret. Legends ascribed to him the leadership of bandit in the section during the early years of the Nineteenth Century, but his character and life will ever remain in doubt - whether it was the whole truth or not.
Cave in Rock, which is on the Illinois shore near the ferry, is a most interesting point. About it centered crimes of which many early voyageurs of the Ohio river were victims.
The pirogue, the batteau and the flat boat of the early trader often found Cave in Rock thier last port of call, and the brave crews saw their last glimpse of earth near it's portals.
The bandits and pirates of Cave in Rock would have shamed Blackbeard and Jean Lafitte by their misdeeds.
The status of the road, is Kentucky's treasury will have no funds available for roads until July 1926. The possibility of its construction before that time is to have it designated a federal highway and let the surrounding counties aid in the construction. Mack Gailbraith, federal engineer in Kentucky, has recommended it as a federal highway on condition that it be so designated by Illinois.