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Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919

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

 
 
Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
1. Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919
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Millbrook Park
Considered one of Ohio's three best amusement parks, this park was completed in 1902. It was located adjacent to the steel mill in New Boston. Streetcars delivered passengers to the park where there was a roller coaster, carousel, pavilion, boating, ballfield and a casino that hosted concerts. Millbrook Lake and lagoons enclosed the park on three sides. Visitors could row a boat, take a gondola ride, or walk its many paths. In winter, ice skating was popular. The demise of the park began with the flood of 1913 and ended when the steel mill bought the remaining property in 1937.

The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977
The manufacture of shoes, once a thriving industry in Portsmouth, passed from the local scene with the closing of Williams Manufacturing in 1976. This mural shows several of the shoe factories including Selby, Irving Drew, Excelsior, and Williams. Also depicted are Vulcan Corporation, which made shoe lasts; and Patterson Paper Box Company, whose products were essential to the manufacture and distribution of shoes. Mitchellace, the world's largest manufacturer
Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
2. Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919
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of shoelaces is shown in the mural entitled "Modern Industry".

Early 1900's Streetcar
Electric streetcars were first introduced in 1892 when the City of Portsmouth purchased streetcars and laid the first tracks. A year later the city sold the cars and lines to Portsmouth Street Railroad and Light Company. The first line included Second Street to Chillicothe Street, then north to Ninth, East on Ninth to Offnere, then north to Eleventh, east to Gallia, and then to New Boston. This mural features an early streetcar with motormen, facing east, after the car turned the corner at Ninth and Chillicothe Streets. Note the three motor men in their blue uniforms. The streetcars ceased operation in 1938. At the far right stands the Civil War Memorial Statue in Tracy Park.

Government Square, 1919
The square was the hub of the business and financial district in Portsmouth at the end of World War I. Prominent buildings in the mural include the former U.S. Post Office Building, the Kricker Building, and the National Bank Building. The esplanade in the central portion of the picture is surrounded by vintage automobiles. Also, entrance to two public underground restrooms are visible. Some of the buildings on the north side as well as some other buildings on Gallia Street still exist today. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Topics and series.
Millbrook Park mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
3. Millbrook Park mural
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Portsmouth, Floodwall Murals series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
 
Location. 38° 43.849′ N, 83° 0.21′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street just west of Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 445 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. Julia Marlowe / Portsmouth Shoe-Steels / The Portsmouth Spartans / The Greyhound Bus Station, 1941 (here, next to this marker); 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 (within shouting distance of this marker); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portsmouth and the Ohio River (about 400
The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 murals image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
4. The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 murals
feet away); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (about 400 feet away); Stagecoach / Hanging Rock Region / Ohio and Erie Canal / Early Industries (about 500 feet away); Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Early 1900's Streetcar mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
5. Early 1900's Streetcar mural
Government Square, 1919 mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
6. Government Square, 1919 mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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