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Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Flatboats

 
 
Flatboats Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
1. Flatboats Marker
Inscription. Flatboats were designed to carry cargo downstream, floating with the current. With flat bottoms, they were easily built to any size desired. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they were a major method of transportation for settlers traveling west into Ohio, Kentucky, and other states, and were often called “Kentucky Boats.” These boats were usually dismantled on reaching their destination, and the wood was used to build the settlers' houses. Even into the late nineteenth century, farmers built this type of boat to take their produce to market down-river. When the produce was sold, they sold the boat for its lumber and walked home or took steamboat passage back upriver. This replica was built in 1975 and rebuilt in 1996. It is based on the flatboat used to bring the Ohio Company settlers to Marietta in 1788.
 
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 25.237′ N, 81° 27.808′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Click for map. Marker is on the replica flatboat at the Ohio River Museum, near Front and St. Clair Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oldest Pilothouse
Flatboat and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Flatboat and Marker
Muskingum River in background.
(a few steps from this marker); Flood Heights (a few steps from this marker); Mighty River / Learning the River (within shouting distance of this marker); River Town / Sails and Steam / The Highway West (within shouting distance of this marker); Life on the River / Boats on the Ohio (within shouting distance of this marker); The W. P. Snyder Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Tour of the Snyder (within shouting distance of this marker); The Towboat W. P. Snyder Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Marietta.
 
Also see . . .  The Ohio River Museum. A Museum that tells the story of transportation on the Ohio River. (Submitted on June 28, 2009.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 957 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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