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

Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman

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

 
 
Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
1. Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman
Inscription.  
Chillicothe Street, 1940's
This mural reveals a view of Chillicothe Street looking northward from the U.S. Grant Bridge during the 1940's. The mural is a copy of a postcard of that time and shows many of the landmark hotels and businesses, some of which are still in existence. The ted perspective provides the illusion that you can walk back in time and into the scene Looking northward from the U. S. Grant Bridge you could purchase your ticket for the railroad, complete all your banking needs, and shop in many of the local businesses. Mural postcards, mugs. prints and additional souvenirs can be purchased at the Scioto County Welcome Center and the Southern Ohio Museum gift shops.

Steel Industry, 1870-1980
Portsmouth's first steel mill was Burgess Steel and Iron Works. The plant was originally built as the Scioto Rolling Mill in 1855, at Third and Madison Streets. In 1871. Burgess Steel and Iron Works, which had purchased the rolling mill, introduced a new process-the art of changing iron into steel. The plant was destroyed by fire in 1898 and rebuilt in New Boston. Steel-making
Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
2. Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman
grew under a succession of owners. With a major renovation of Detroit Steel Corporation in the 1950's the mill became an important unit of the U. S. steel industry. All iron and steel operations were idied by 1980. The mural shows the blast furnace (left panel), an open-hearth furnace (center), and the final rolling process in the hot strip mill (right panel).

Clarence Holbrook Carter
Clarence Carter was an internationally acclaimed artist and native son of Portsmouth. He began his painting in Portsmouth, showing life as it was in this area. During the WPA era he painted murals for the Portsmouth Post Office which still can be seen today.

In the mid-1960's his visual vocabulary underwent a major shift exploring the relationship between life and death; matter and spirit. This is signified by the floating egg. Also floating in this mural is an image of the Southern Ohio Museum which exhibits an extensive collection of Clarence Carter paintings. An ongoing exhibition of Carter's work can be seen at the Southern Ohio Museum. The museum is located at 825 Gallia Street, www.somacc.com

Carl Ackerman
Standing in the garden near the entrance to the Biggs House is Carl Ackerman, noted local historian. Carl loved his town and its citizens and spent much of his life accumulating historic memorabilia and photographs
Chillicothe Street, 1940's mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
3. Chillicothe Street, 1940's mural
that told the story of Portsmouth. He began his hobby in 1950 when he came home with several old Portsmouth postcards and an out-of-town newspaper. Carl announced to his wife Dorothy that he had just discovered a new hobby - collecting Portsmouth's history in photographs. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Portsmouth, Floodwall Murals, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists.
 
Location. 38° 43.851′ N, 83° 0.304′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 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. Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (within shouting distance of this marker); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends (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); A Struggle To Be Free (about 400 feet away);
Steel Industry, 1870-1980 murals image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
4. Steel Industry, 1870-1980 murals
Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 (about 400 feet away); Julia Marlowe / Portsmouth Shoe-Steels / The Portsmouth Spartans / The Greyhound Bus Station, 1941 (about 400 feet away); 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (about 500 feet away); Portsmouth Motorcycle Club / Good Times Remembered / Sunset at the Point / Sister Cities (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Steel Industry, 1870-1980 mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
5. Steel Industry, 1870-1980 mural
Carl Ackerman mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
6. Carl Ackerman 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 53 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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