Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
This mural shows a modern-day twilight scene of downtown Portsmouth as seen from Kentucky, featuring the U.S. Grant Bridge connecting with Chillicothe Street. The muses, embracing both ends of the Twilight mural, represent the art and history included in the floodwall murals, which have been painted by internationally famous muralist Robert Dafford of Lafayette, Louisiana. The bridge was razed in 2002 and will be replaced by a modern-structured U.S. Grant suspension bridge to be completed in 2005.
The Dedication Panel
The dedication panel message reflects the sentiments of the Board of Trustees of Portsmouth Murals, Inc. at the time the Floodwall Mural Project was dedicated on October 5, 2002.
[Dedication Mural reads]
With appreciation to the individuals, companies and organizations who contributed their time and resources to this floodwall mural project and with fond admiration of the artistic brilliance of Robert Dafford and his associates, we hereby dedicate these murals to the citizens who were and are a part of the history of Portsmouth, Ohio, and the surrounding area.
Portsmouth Murals, Inc.
Muralist Robert Dafford
In October 2002, the Portsmouth community witnessed the completion of a project that took ten years to create. In 1993, Robert Dafford began painting the history of Scioto County and Portsmouth on a massive floodwall that holds back the mighty Ohio River. Using a concrete canvas measuring 20 feet by nearly 1/3 mile, Robert, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana has created the ultimate historic portrait of the Portsmouth area. With the help of local historians, citizens and the use of old photographs, he has given the city a window to its past. To learn more about Robert Dafford, go to www.robertdafford.com
The Floodwall Mural Markers is a project designed and funded by the Portsmouth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Special thanks to the Portsmouth Murals, Inc. Board of Trustees and to the Portsmouth Mural Products, Inc. for the use of their new book. For additional information about the murals or to schedule tours, please contact the Bureau or visit its website www.portsmouthcvb.org
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public WorkEducation • Man-Made Features. 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° 43.855′ N, 83° 0.425′ W. Marker was in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker was at the intersection of Front Street and Madison Street, on the right when traveling west on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 305 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. Twilight / Dedication Panel / Muralist Robert Dafford (here, next to this marker); Portsmouth Motorcycle Club / Good Times Remembered / Sunset at the Point / Sister Cities (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 500 feet away); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl AckermanRoy 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 March 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 2, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.