Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Gallia County, Gallipolis and the Ohio River
The Ohio River, the southeast border of Gallia County, played a significant role in the development of Gallipolis and Gallia County. One of the state's first thoroughfares, this waterway enabled pioneers to settle in what was known as the Northwest Territory. On October 17, 1790, approximately 500 French immigrants arrived in Gallipolis, traveling by flatboats from Pittsburgh, and settled in log cabins in what is now City Park, in the heart of Gallipolis. This established the second oldest permanent settlement in the territory. The settlers relied on the River for communication, commerce, and transportation, and the River brought postal service to Gallipolis in 1794. As local business and river trade developed in the 1800s, Gallipolis became a thriving port. The scenic Ohio River is an important inland waterway, providing transportation for many commodities between major cities. The River also provides recreational opportunities for both visitors and residents, including water sports, fishing, and boating.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., Gallia County Bicentennial
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1818.
Location. 38° 48.374′ N, 82° 12.326′ W. Marker is in Gallipolis, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is between the City Park and the Ohio River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Landing of the Welsh in Gallipolis (here, next to this marker); High Water Marks (within shouting distance of this marker); 1790 - Gallipolis - 1940 (within shouting distance of this marker); Yellow Fever Victims (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gallia County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gallipolis (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); J.P.R. Bureau House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallipolis.
Also see . . .
1. Gallipolis. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Gallipolis. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,358 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on August 2, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.