Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
The idea of painting murals on the floodwall first occurred to lifetime residents Dr. Louis R. and Ava Chaboudy in 1992 after viewing outdoor murals in Steubenville, Ohio. An ad hoc committee was formed and the decision was made to transform the floodwall into a beautiful outdoor art gallery depicting the history of Portsmouth and the surrounding area. In May 1993, internationally known muralist Robert Dafford from Lafayette, Louisiana began painting on the longest mural in the project, the 1903 scene of Portsmouth.
The mural project was completed in October of 2002 with 2,200 square feet of art and 52 magnificently painted murals.
The Mound Builders
The Mound Builders built and occupied mounds in Southern Ohio long before explorers came to the New World. The central area of this mural reveals a linear image of two horseshoe-shaped mounds, in what is known as Mound Park, that course southeastward across the Ohio River to a “medicine wheel” mound located at the Hardin Farm near Siloam, Kentucky. This lineup of mounds is said to have had some equinoctial significance to the
Mound Park is located on Grant Street in Portsmouth and Serpent Mound is on State Route 73, six miles north of State Route 32 and 20 miles south of Bainbridge in Adams County, Ohio.
“Ancient Legacies Of The Ohio River Valley”, A monumental exhibition of 10,000 prehistoric Native American artifacts from the Mound Builders cultures of the Ohio River Valley. Opening late summer or early fall 2004 in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Southern Ohio Museum, located at 825 Gallia Street, Portsmouth.
Early Shawnee Village, 1730
Shawnee Indians first arrived in the Mid Ohio Valley during the 1100’s, migrating from Central Mexico. Since they were nomadic and traveled great distances, they became knowledgeable traders. The Shawnee returned to the area in the late 1600’s, traveling west from Pennsylvania. This mural shows a winter scene of a Shawnee Village with a view from the north, looking across the Ohio River. The Native Americans in the mural can be seen wearing customary clothing and jewelry. The men in the picture are busy in the activity of trading while the children play. The huts were composed primarily of tree bark and animal hides covering wooden frames.
Celeron DeBlainville, 1749
This mural is a larger-than-life size copy of a mural by H.H. Wessel, located in the law library of the Scioto County
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage series list.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 43.844′ N, 83° 0.016′ W. Marker was in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker was on Front Street east of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 613 Front St, Portsmouth OH 45662, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Alexandria / Alexandria Flood / Stone House / Court Street Gateway (a few steps from this marker); Introduction / The Mound Builders / Early Shawnee Village, 1730 / Celeron de Blainville, 1749Platting of Portsmouth, 1803 / The 1810 House / The 1812 Era / Flood Gate House / Early Boneyfiddle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stagecoach / Hanging Rock Region / Ohio and Erie Canal / Early Industries (about 400 feet away); Portsmouth and the Ohio River (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 (about 700 feet away); All Saints' Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Also see . . . Portsmouth, Ohio, Murals. (Submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 737 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.