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Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Beautiful Ohio River

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
1. The Beautiful Ohio River Marker
Inscription. The Ohio River, called La Belle Riviere (the beautiful river) by the French, derives its name from an Iroquois word meaning “good river” or “large river.” The Ohio flows generally along a southwesterly 981-mile course from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cairo, IL, where it empties into the Mississippi River. It is the largest tributary of that river, the longest in North America.

Fort Boreman was constructed during the Civil War on what was formerly called Mount Logan because the site commanded a stunning view of the river which was vital to riverboat transportation and critical to the war effort. Because of the bend in the river at Parkersburg, no other location in Mid-Ohio Valley provided such a wide-ranging view. Before the railroad bridge was built, from 1857-1860 cars of the Northwestern Virginia Railroad and the Marietta-Cincinnati Railroad had to be uncoupled, ferried across the river, and reassembled on the other side. From 1860 until the railroad bridge was completed in 1871, cargo was removed from the rail cars, barged across the river, and reloaded into railroad cars on the other side.

Across from the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers lies historic Belpre, OH, the second oldest permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory. Settled in 1789 by members of the Ohio Company of Associates,
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By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
2. The Beautiful Ohio River Marker
the town was actually surveyed the year before as Belle Prarie, which is French for “beautiful meadow.” During the Indian Wars that followed, the earliest settlers lived in a blockhouse known as “Farmerís Castle.”
 
Location. 39° 15.761′ N, 81° 34.171′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Fort Boreman Drive one mile south of Robert Byrd Highway (U.S. 50). Click for map. The marker is located in Fort Boreman 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. Historic Blennerhassett Island (here, next to this marker); Historic Parkersburg (West) Virginia (here, next to this marker); Fort Boreman (a few steps from this marker); Parkersburg in 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Boreman During the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Boreman Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blennerhassett Island (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Parkersburg.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
<i>View Up the Ohio From Fort Boreman, Parkersburg, W. Va.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by W.I. Boreman, circa 1910
3. View Up the Ohio From Fort Boreman, Parkersburg, W. Va.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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