Early transportation across the sparsely populated Red River included ferry crossings. The Browns Ferry in its existence sat along the Red River Trail portion of the Stark Ranch.
Samuel A. Brown was born in Collin County Texas in 1802. He was a soldier of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Interesting enough he carried the first mail from McKinney to Dallas before the building of railroads. In 1874 he moved his residence to Gainesville, Texas where six miles north of Gainesville he established what is known as Browns Ferry. He operated a ferry across the Red River until 1889 when he moved to Davis Indian Territory, which is now Murray County, Oklahoma. In 1915 Mr. Brown celebrated his 81st birthday.