Belpre in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Belpre and the Ohio River
The history of Belpre and the Ohio River are inextricably linked. Settlers from New England, including farmers and Revolutionary War veterans, arrived via flatboats at “Belle-Prairie” (beautiful prairie) in 1789. Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery paid a visit in keelboats in 1803 as they began their epic journey to the Pacific. Belpre's farmers raised fruits, vegetables, and grain. Packet boats carried flour, livestock, vinegar, and passengers down river, some all the way to New Orleans and thence throughout the world.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., Belpre Civitan Club, Belpre
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 16.394′ N, 81° 35.524′ W. Marker is in Belpre, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Blennerhassett Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Civitan Park, about 500 feet southeast of the bandstand. Marker is in this post office area: Belpre OH 45714, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Devol's Floating Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bathsheba Rouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Belpre Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Ohio Artists (approx. 0.3 miles away); Putnam Family Library / Belpre Farmers' Library (approx. 0.7 miles away); Underground Railroad Crossings / Near Border War (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cedarville Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Historic Blennerhassett Island (approx. 1.4 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belpre.
Categories. • Agriculture • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Natural Features • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 996 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.