Robbins's Ferry

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: June 1, 1995

Robbins's Ferry, on the Old San Antonio Road at the Thomas's Ford crossing of the Trinity River in western Houston County, was established in 1821 by Joel Leakey. It was named for ferryman and owner Nathaniel Robbins and acquired in 1847 by his son-in-law Elisha Clapp, who operated the ferry until his death in 1856. Under Clapp's direction the ferry's name was changed to Clapp's Ferry. His descendants operated the ferry until 1930, when Clapp's Ferry Bridge was built. The Texas Centennial Commission recognized the site and Clapp in 1936 with an official granite gravestone.

Armistead Albert Aldrich, The History of Houston County, Texas (San Antonio: Naylor, 1943).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Robbins's Ferry,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 19, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995

Robbins's Ferry
Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Madison County
Associated Names