Can't believe my spelling! That's what happens when one posts so early in the morning
and while continually pushing a pootie tat away. Anyway, at first the photo did not
make much sense. I now believe that it is a copy of daguerreotype or other period
method of photography and I held a mirror up to it and that made the scene more
sensible. The government ferry was about where the current bridges are on the
Grand/Neosho River. As the photo appears the ferry (raft) was positioned wrong.
Common sense is that the ferry and cable are strung to face slightly downstream but the photo
does not appear to be the case. Reversing the image seems to correct the position of
buildings in relation to the ferry. Any ideas to the contrary?