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

Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars

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

 
 
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
1. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars Marker
Inscription.  
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's
From the late 1800's through most of the 20th century, the Portsmouth area was served by the N&W (Norfolk and Western), the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) and the C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio).

From the late 1800's through most of the 20th century, the Portsmouth area was served by the N&W (Norfolk and Western), the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) and the C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio).

The C&O's Sciotoville Bridge, shown at the top right, opened in 1917 (built 1915-1916). double span of 1,550 feet it was, for many years, the longest continuous truss bridge in the world and considered an engineering marvel. It remains today one of strongest bridges ever built.

Modern Industry
This mural depicts the major industries in the Portsmouth area today. Located in the left third of the mural are pictures featuring grey iron castings produced by OSCO Industries Inc. The middle third is an aerial view of the uranium enrichment plant located near Piketon, Ohio. The right third shows scenes inside the former Mitchellace Inc., the world's largest manufacturer
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By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
2. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's / Modern Industry / Medical History / Twentieth Century Wars Marker
of shoelaces. In both the shoelace manufacturing and the grey iron casting portions of the mural there are reversed telescopic views of these industries as they were in the past.

Medical History
This mural demonstrates the progression of medical practices in the Portsmouth area. The center left panel shows Dr. Thomas Waller, the first physician in Portsmouth, attending a patient in the home, and the right panel depicts a present day operating room. The border reflects various local hospitals down through the years, ending with Southern Ohio Medical Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility, (bottom right). SOMC opened in 1968 and continues to expand its services. It is the largest facility of its kind in the south-central Ohio area. Also note the graduating classes of nursing students from several of the hospitals including one class from Shawnee State University.

Twentieth Century Wars
The theme of this mural demonstrates that the United States has fought for freedom worldwide in the five major wars which began during the twentieth century.

The figures and emblems in the mural represent those wars and the branches of the U. S. Armed Forces. Shown in the upper border is the MIA/KIA monument in Tracy Park.

Thousands of men and women from southern Ohio either enlisted or were drafted into the

Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
3. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's mural
armed forces during this period of history. This mural honors all of those who have served our country. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMilitaryRailroads & StreetcarsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂, and the Ohio, Portsmouth, Floodwall Murals series lists.
 
Location. 38° 43.853′ N, 83° 0.36′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Memorial is on Front Street just west of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 327 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. A Struggle To Be Free (within shouting distance of this marker); Progress in Education / Shawnee State Expansion / Vern Riffe (within shouting distance of this marker); Chillicothe Street, 1940's / Steel Industry, 1870-1980 / Clarence Holbrook Carter / Carl Ackerman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portsmouth Motorcycle Club / Good Times Remembered / Sunset at the Point / Sister Cities (about 300 feet away); Twilight / Dedication Panel / Muralist Robert Dafford (about 300 feet away); Roy Rogers / 1937 Flood / Branch Rickey / Kentucky Friends
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By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
4. Modern Industry murals
(about 400 feet away); Millbrook Park / The Shoe Industry, 1869-1977 / Early 1900's Streetcar / Government Square, 1919 (about 700 feet away); Julia Marlowe / Portsmouth Shoe-Steels / The Portsmouth Spartans / The Greyhound Bus Station, 1941 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Medical History mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
5. Medical History mural
Twentieth Century Wars mural image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, January 7, 2021
6. Twentieth Century Wars 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 45 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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