With the Mississippi River falling below one foot at the Chester, Illinois gauge, ghostly remains of the old railroad ferry landing have become visible for the first time in recent years. The ferry (below) shuttled trains across the river until 1961. The river was projected to drop below 0 feet by Tuesday. The lowest it has gone this century is -1.28 feet on Jan. 2, 2013. The record is -4.30 feet Jan. 2, 1964, followed by -4.120 feet Dec.. 20, 1963.