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

Oldest Pilothouse

 
 
Oldest Pilothouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
1. Oldest Pilothouse Marker
Inscription. The steamboat TELL CITY was built in 1889 and named for Tell City, Ind. She carried passenger and freight on the Ohio River until she sank following an accident at Little Hocking, Ohio on April 6, 1917.

The Pilothouse was removed from the wreck and served as a summer house on the river front lawn of the Bent family in Little Hocking.

Mrs. Cora Bent presented this Pilothouse to the Ohio Historical Society for inclusion in the historic displays of the Ohio River Museum here in Marietta.

This is the oldest surviving Pilothouse of the sort that Mark Twain knew so well and wrote about. It has been restored to its original condition in 1977 by the J. Mack Gamble Fund of Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.
 
Erected by Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.
 
Location. 39° 25.237′ N, 81° 27.799′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Front Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is next to the Tell City pilothouse on the grounds of the Ohio River Museum, 601 Front Street. 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. Flatboats (a few steps from this marker);
Tell City Pilothouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
2. Tell City Pilothouse and Marker
The Washington Street (Ohio Route 7) Bridge over the Muskingum River is in the background.
Flood Heights (a few steps from this marker); Mighty River / Learning the River (a few steps from this marker); River Town / Sails and Steam / The Highway West (a few steps from 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.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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