Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Portsmouth Motorcycle Club
The Portsmouth Motorcycle Club is one of the oldest in Ohio and the group picture shown in the mural was taken in 1913. Many residents have identified family members from this old image. Look closely into the hubcap of the motorcycle on the right and you can see the reflection of muralist, Robert Dafford taking a photograph of the bike. In early springtime, throughout the summer and into late fall, bikers from numerous states visit Portsmouth to have their photographs taken. The Portsmouth Motorcycle Clubhouse is located at the end of the street on the right.
Good Times Remembered
The photographs featured in this scrapbook are of popular places in Portsmouth during the twentieth century. Page 1: Dreamland Pool, the clay tennis courts at Mound Park, the Turkey Shoppe, Harold's Restaurant, the Elk's Country Club and Boy Scout Camp Oyo. Page 2: Lake Roosevelt, Hamburger Inn, the LeRoy Theater, Girl Scout Camp Molly Lauman, the Modern Grill, and the midway at the Scioto County Fair.
Sunset At The Point
The perfect spot to view a gorgeous "red sunset" is Alexandria
Scenes from Portsmouth's Sister Cities are painted in the mural. These cities are Corby, England; Orizaba, Mexico; and Zittau, Germany. The muralist has created an illusion of looking through three archways called "Portsmouth's Windows to [sic - on] the World." The Sister City Program links communities throughout the world, promoting cultural understanding and social development. A unique feature of Dafford's work is his inclusion of local residents in many of his murals. The children shown in this mural are neighborhood children. Several other murals have local residents painted into the mural, allowing all of Portsmouth to take ownership in this project.
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 307 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 Motorcycle Club / Good Times Remembered / Sunset at the Point / Sister Cities (here, next to this marker); Twilight / Dedication Panel / Muralist Robert Dafford (a few steps from this marker); A Struggle To Be Free (within shouting distance of this marker); Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (about 400 feet away); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (about 500 feet away); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends (about 700 feet away); Portsmouth Foundry & Machine Works (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Also see . . . Portsmouth, Ohio, Floodwall Murals. (Submitted on March 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 10 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, 12, 13. submitted on March 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.