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Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage

 
 
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
1. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
Inscription.  
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's
From the late 1800's through most of the 20th century, the Portsmouth area was served by the N&W (Norfolk & Western), the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio), and the C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio). The N&W's vast train assembly yard is the main focus of the mural. The yard's roundhouse is depicted in the top left corner, and a shop scene in the bottom center illustrates the hot expansion of a steel train wheel. Other items of note are the N&W's last steam-driven locomotive named the "Powhatan Arrow" at bottom left, a 1200 series freight locomotive at the bottom right, and the B&O's turnaround in Boneyfiddle in the inset at top center.

[The "Powhatan Arrow" was actually the name of a N&W passenger train which was pulled by the streamlined 4-8-4 J-Class steam locomotives]

The C&O's Sciotoville bridge shown at the top right, was built in 1917. With a double span of 1,550 feet it was, for many years, the longest continuous truss bridge in the world. It remains today the strongest bridge ever built.

Modern Industry
This mural depicts the major industries in the Portsmouth area
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
2. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
today. Located in the left third of the mural are pictures featuring gray iron castings produced by OSCO Industries Inc. The middle third is an aerial view of the uranium enrichment plant located near Piketon, Ohio. The right third shows scenes inside Mitchellace Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of shoelaces. In both the shoelace manufacturing and the gray iron casting portions of the mural there are reverse telescopic views of these industries as they were in the past.

Medical History
This mural demonstrates the progression of medical practice in the Portsmouth area. The center left panel shows Dr. Thomas Waller, the first physician in Portsmouth, attending a patient in the home, and the right panel depicts a present-day operating room. The border is a reflection of various local hospitals down through the years, ending with Southern Ohio Medical Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility (bottom right). SOMC opened in 1968 and continues to expand its services. It is the largest facility of its kind in the south-central Ohio area. Also note the graduating classes of nursing students from several of the hospitals, including one class from Shawnee State University.

Twentieth Century Wars
The theme of this mural demonstrates that the United States has fought for freedom worldwide in the five major wars which began during the twentieth
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
3. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
century. The figures and emblems in the mural represent these wars and the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Shown in the upper border is the MIA/KIA monument in Tracy Park. Thousands of men and women from southern Ohio either enlisted or were drafted into the armed forces during this period of history. This mural honors all of those who have served our country.
 
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommercePatriots & PatriotismRailroads & StreetcarsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂, and the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage series lists.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 43.853′ N, 83° 0.36′ W. Marker was in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker was on Front Street west of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 327 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. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars (here, next to this marker); A Struggle To Be Free (within shouting
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
4. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
distance of this marker); Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (within shouting distance of this marker); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portsmouth Motorcycle Club / Good Times Remembered / Sunset at the Point / Sister Cities (about 300 feet away); Twilight / Dedication Panel / Muralist Robert Dafford (about 300 feet away); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends (about 400 feet away); Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .  Portsmouth, Ohio, Floodwall Murals. (Submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
5. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
6. Modern Industry Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
7. Modern Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
8. Modern Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
9. Modern Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Medical History Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
10. Medical History Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Twentieth Century Wars Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
11. Twentieth Century Wars Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 8 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, 11. submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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