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

Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends

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

 
 
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1. Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends Marker
Inscription.  
Roy Rogers
This mural shows the famous "King of the Cowboys” on his horse, rigger. Roy Rogers appeared in 104 films from 1935 to 1959. His final film, "Macintosh and TJ” was released in 1975, Roy Rogers' boyhood home can be seen on Roy Rogers Road and is designated with an historical marker. An annual Roy Rogers Festival is held every summer in downtown Portsmouth. Cowboy stars, memorabilia and food are only part of what is enjoyed on this exciting weekend!

Directions to Roy Rogers Boyhood home: Go north on U. S. 23 to Lucasville, turn left onto S. R. 348. Go 3.5 miles, then turn right onto Mohawk Dnive and go 2 mile. Turn right onto Roy Rogers Road and go straight to the Historical Marker, The house is on a small hill. A nice place to take pictures.

1937 Flood
This mural is a northerly view of Chillicothe Street during the devastating 1937 flood. The right border shows residents stranded on rooftops awaiting rescue. In the top border are long lines of residents waiting for water at Kinney Spring. The left border tells the heart-breaking story of the
Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends Marker
only fatality of the 1937 flood. The boat moving the Tomlin family to higher ground, capsized, emptying its human cargo into the flooding waters. All victims were pulled to safety except Bessie Tomlin, seen holding her 18-month-old baby Alberta Tomlin (Parker), Portsmouth resident. Sea Scouts shown in the bottom border were pressed into service where needed during this disaster.

Shawnee State University Professor, Dr John Lorentz has created an award winning documentary film about the 1937 Flood. Copies of "River Voices" are available for purchase by contacting the university's book store, (740) 351-3155, or visiting the Scioto County Welcome Center gift shop.

Branch Rickey
Baseball immortal Branch Rickey, as he appeared at the height of his illustrious career, was chosen to be depicted in this mural and features Mr. Rickey signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 thereby becoming the first major league baseball team to break the color barrier. Also featured is a picture of the Portsmouth Red Birds in 1938, a minor league franchise owned by the Saint Louis Cardinals when Branch Rickey was the Cardinal's general manager. Other references are made to Rickey's character including his role as a baseball player and manager, educator and orator. Mr. Rickey was born near Stockdale, geared on Duck Run northwest of Portsmouth
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3. Roy Rogers mural
and received his early education in Lucasville. An historical marker on Duck Run designates his boyhood home.

Kentucky Friends
In the early 1900's, Kentucky ferry boats provided transportation to and from Kentucky. In 1927 the U. S. Grant Bridge, shown in the distance and shrouded by heavy fog, became the preferred means of travel across the river. In 1932 the George Washington passenger train, also seen in this mural, began its service running a route between Cincinnati, Ohio and Washington D.C.

Jesse Stuart, poet laureate of Kentucky, and world-renowned author is featured on the right. Among his sixty published volumes are Taps for Private Tussie, The Thread that Runs So True, Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow and God's Oddling. He loved Portsmouth, taught school here, and the quotation shown in this mural eloquently expresses his feeling for our city. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicDisastersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Portsmouth, Floodwall Murals series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.85′ N, 83° 0.271′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street just east of Jefferson Street

1937 Flood mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
4. 1937 Flood mural
, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 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. Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (within shouting distance of this marker); Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (within shouting distance of this marker); Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Julia Marlowe / Portsmouth Shoe-Steels / The Portsmouth Spartans / The Greyhound Bus Station, 1941 (about 300 feet away); 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (about 400 feet away); Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars (about 400 feet away); Tenth Street Station / Market Square / Portsmouth 1903 (about 500 feet away); A Struggle To Be Free (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Branch Rickey mural image. Click for full size.
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5. Branch Rickey mural
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6. Kentucky Friends mural
 
 
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 50 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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