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

Introduction / The Mound Builders / Early Shawnee Village, 1730 / Celeron de Blainville, 1749

Floodwall Murals, 2000 Feet of History / 2000 Feet of Art

 
 
Introduction / The Mound Builders / Early Shawnee Village, 1730 / Celeron de Blainville, 1749 Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
1. Introduction / The Mound Builders / Early Shawnee Village, 1730 / Celeron de Blainville, 1749 Marker
Inscription.  
Introduction
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 initial mural project was completed in October of 2002 with 2,200 linear feet of art and 52 magnificently painted murals. Additional murals have been added since then.

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
Introduction / The Mound Builders / Early Shawnee Village, 1730 / Celeron de Blainville, 1749 Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
2. Introduction / The Mound Builders / Early Shawnee Village, 1730 / Celeron de Blainville, 1749 Marker
lineup of mounds is said to have had some equinoctial significance to the Mound Builders. Mound Park is located on Grant Street in Portsmouth and Serpent Mound is located on State Route 73 near Peebles, Ohio.

"Art of the Ancients", a permanent exhibition from the Wertz Collection, includes 10,000 prehistoric Native American artifacts from the Mound Building Cultures of the Ohio River Valley, and can be seen at the Southern Ohio Museum, 825 Gallia Street. www.somacc.com

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 de Blainville, 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 Courthouse
The Mound Builders mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
3. The Mound Builders mural
on 6th Street, Portsmouth. The French General, Celeron de Blainville, is shown meeting with Native Americans and a few British traders at the confluence of the Ohio and Scioto Rivers laying claim to the entire Ohio Valley and its tributaries. This was done by burying lead plates at certain locations along the course of the Ohio River. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Portsmouth, Floodwall Murals series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.844′ N, 83° 0.03′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street just east of Court Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is 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 marker. Alexandria / Alexandria Flood / Stone House / Court Street Gateway (here, next to this marker); Platting of Portsmouth, 1803 / The 1810 House / The 1812 Era / Flood Gate House / Early Boneyfiddle (within shouting distance of this marker); Stagecoach / Hanging Rock Region / Ohio and Erie Canal / Early Industries (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portsmouth and the Ohio River
Early Shawnee Village mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
4. Early Shawnee Village mural
(about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 (about 700 feet away); 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (about 800 feet away); All Saints' Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Celeron de Blainville, 1749 mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
5. Celeron de Blainville, 1749 mural
Floodwall Murals Signage image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
6. Floodwall Murals Signage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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