Packet boats arrived daily in Henry for shopping, visiting, and attending dances and social events at the Pavilion Park. Business centered around the river front area. Henry was a bustling hub of activity for fishing, shipping of grain, and livestock. During the winter months, ice was shipped to Chicago restaurants.
In the 1930's, a barge struck a pillar of the wood bridge, damaging it beyond repair. A ferry was used for a time until a new bridge could be built.
Image of the David Swain in span.