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Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Louisville to Portland Turnpike

 
 
Louisville to Portland Turnpike Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
1. Louisville to Portland Turnpike Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  By the late eighteenth century, large boats carried people and products to villages dotting the banks of the Ohio River. Yet the boats had to halt at the 26’ drop at the Falls of the Ohio where Louisville is today. Draymen portaged freight to the bottom of the Falls where Portland emerged to service the traffic.

Horse drawn wagons slogged along dirt paths until a plank toll road connected the cities. The 3 mile long Turnpike opened in 1818 and greatly reduced the time it took to make the trip. After the Portland Canal opened in 1830, use of the Turnpike declined and the route eventually became Portland Avenue.
 
Erected 2018 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2561.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 15.744′ N, 85° 46.462′ W. Marker is in
Louisville to Portland Turnpike Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
2. Louisville to Portland Turnpike Marker (Side B)
Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Portland Avenue south of North 16th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1512 Portland Avenue, Louisville KY 40203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort-on-Shore (approx. 0.4 miles away); “Bloody Monday” / American (Know-Nothing) Party (approx. half a mile away); The Stockade On Corn Island, 1778 (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Nelson Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); U.S. Marine Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Catholic High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Evan Williams (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Good Shepherd Order (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
Also see . . .  Louisville to Portland Turnpike. From Kentucky Historical Society's Explore KY History program. (Submitted on December 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Louisville to Portland Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 27, 2020
3. Louisville to Portland Turnpike Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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