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

Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903

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

 
 
Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
1. Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 Marker
Inscription.  
Tenth Street Station
The pagoda-style train station at the northwest comer of Tenth and Waler Streets is shown as it appeared in the 1890's. The N&W (Norfolk and Western and B40 (Baltimore and Ohio) tracks continued west on Tenth Street in front of the station, while the CP&V (Cincinnati, Portsmouth and Virginia which the N&W acquired in 1901) turned northward behind the station. The wood burning engine on the N&W tracks s thought to have belonged to the Scioto Valley RR. which the N&W acquired in 1890. The station was abandoned in 1931 and razed in 1968 The jitney. puled by horses delivered passengers to their destination upon arrival by train.

Market Square
Market Street along with neighboring streets, was the hub of retail business in Portsmouth from 1803 until the turn of the 20th Century. During the summer moths brought their produce to town where the residents could purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

Many riverboat captains and passengers traveling the Ohio River often stopped over in Portsmouth and stayed at the Washington Hotel (seen in the background. in recent years

Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
2. Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 Marker
the hotel was remodeled and converted into a senior citizen residence.

Portsmouth 1903
This mural depicts a view of Portsmouth in 1903 as seen from Kentucky The mural was painted from a composite of four photographs taken from the Carl Ackerman Historical Collection. The floodwall was not present at the time and many landmark buildings are easily recognized. The Scioto River converges with the Ohio River at Portsmouth. One hundred years after Henry Massie drew the first plat, Portsmouth had grown to a city of 17,870 citizens. The farm lands west and north of the city were some of the richest in Ohio because the yearly flooding created a fertile delta. The smoke stacks n the background were from the Burgess Steel and Iron Company which employed more than 500 men. The businesses on Front Street flourished because of there proximity to the Ohio River Market Street had become the central street during the 1800's. Boats docked at the foot of the street are delivering goods to the city The Bigg's House on Market Street was completed in 1872 and was used by many social clubs. The newest hotel was the Washington, which opened in 1900 as the most modern hotel in Ohio. Each room had a telephone, electric lights, and refrigerator all for $3 per night This mural measures 20 by 150 feet and is the longest in the floodwall mural project. (Marker Number 6.)
Tenth Street Station mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
3. Tenth Street Station mural

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceNotable PlacesRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂, and the Ohio, Portsmouth, Floodwall Murals series lists.
 
Location. 38° 43.848′ N, 83° 0.173′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Market Street, on the right when traveling west on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 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. 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 (within shouting distance of this marker); Julia Marlowe / Portsmouth Shoe-Steels / The Portsmouth Spartans / The Greyhound Bus Station, 1941 (within shouting distance of this marker); Portsmouth and the Ohio River (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);
Market Square mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
4. Market Square mural
Platting of Portsmouth, 1803 / The 1810 House / The 1812 Era / Flood Gate House / Early Boneyfiddle (about 500 feet away); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends (about 500 feet away); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Portsmouth 1903 murals image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
5. Portsmouth 1903 murals
Portsmouth 1903 murals image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
6. Portsmouth 1903 murals
 
 
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 44 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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