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Powhatan Point in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Powhatan Point

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, November 2, 2014
1. Powhatan Point Marker
Inscription.  First surveyed in 1849, Powhatan Point was laid out by Franklin Knox. The "point" is the confluence of Captina Creek and the Ohio River. The small but thriving river and farming community served York Township and the rich Captina Valley as a shipping center for its first 75 years. Given impetus by the construction of the Powhatan Enterprise Flouring Mill and Woolen Factory in 1850, local businesses shipped grain, fruit, lumber, cheese, whiskey, livestock, wool, and tobacco to northern and southern ports. There were three boat landings: Boger's, Hornbrook's and Dorsey's, each equipped with an incline car track from the warehouses to the river's edge. With the opening of North American Coal Corporation's Powhatan No. 1 Mine in 1922, the village became a mining community that continued to rely on the river. A disastrous mine fire took the lives of 66 men on July 5, 1944.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., Powhatan Improvement Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-7.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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By Mike Wintermantel, November 2, 2014
2. Powhatan Point Marker
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Settlements & SettlersWaterways & 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 July 1794.
 
Location. 39° 51.629′ N, 80° 48.072′ W. Marker is in Powhatan Point, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker can be reached from Mellot Street, 0.1 miles south of Main Street. Located next to a gazebo at the mouth of Captina Creek. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Powhatan Point OH 43942, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Coal Industry at Powhatan Point / Powhatan Disaster, 1944 (approx. ¼ mile away); Washington's Land (approx. 2½ miles away in West Virginia); Zachary Taylor (approx. 4.1 miles away in West Virginia); Rosby’s Rock (approx. 4.6 miles away in West Virginia); West Virginia Penitentiary (approx. 4.9 miles away in West Virginia); Grave Creek Mound (approx. 5 miles away in West Virginia); Moundsville / Capt. James Harrod (approx. 5 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Powhatan Point.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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