Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Point

Parkersburg-Belpre Ferry Boat

 
 
The Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
1. The Point Marker
Inscription. The confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers is known as “the Point.” It was the site of downtown Parkersburg’s earliest settlement and the stopping place for several famous people. George Washington paused here in his trip down the Ohio in 1770, as did James Monroe in 1785 and George Rogers Clark about the same time. In 1792 the State of Virginia built a blockhouse at the Point to protect the settlers from Indians. The public landing for packets, flatboats and steamboats made it the center for commerce and transportation. It was also the location of the ferryboats between Parkersburg and Belpre, Ohio. The ferry pictured here, the Nina Paden, was the last vessel of its kind to operate from the Point ceasing service in 1916.
 
Location. 39° 15.948′ N, 81° 33.966′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Little Kanawa Connector. Click for map. The marker is located on Blennerhassett Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroads (here, next to this marker); Blennerhassett Island (here, next to this marker); Early Parkersburg (here, next to this marker);
The Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
2. The Point Marker
Historic Blennerhassett Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Women of Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); Escape to Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Vital Transportation Center (within shouting distance of this marker); W.H. Smith Hardward Co (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Parkersburg.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
The Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
3. The Point Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement