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

Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage

 
 
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
1. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
Inscription.

Millbrook Park
This park was completed in 1902, and was considered one of Ohio's three best amusement parks and was adjacent to the Steel Mill in New Boston. Streetcars delivered passengers to the park, where there was a roller coaster, carousel, pavilion, boating, ball field, and a casino that hosted concerts. Millbrook Lake and lagoons enclosed the park on three sides. Visitor could row a boat, take a gondola ride, or walk its many paths. In winter, ice skating was popular.

The demise of the park began with the flood of 1913 and ended when the steel mill bought the remaining property in 1937.

The Shoe Industry, 1866-1976
The manufacture of shoes, once a thriving industry in Portsmouth, passed from the local scene with the closing of Williams Manufacturing in 1976. This mural shows several of the shoe factories including Selby, Irving Drew, Excelsior, and Williams. Also depicted are Vulcan Corporation, which made shoe lasts; Patterson Paper Box Company, whose products were essential to the manufacture and distribution of shoes. Mitchellace, the world's largest manufacturer of shoelaces is shown in the mural entitled "Modern Industry."

Early 1900's Streetcar
Electric streetcars were first introduced in 1892 when the City of Portsmouth purchased streetcars and laid
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
2. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
the first tracks. A year later the city sold the cars and lines to Portsmouth Street Railroad and Light Company. The first line included Second Street to Chillicothe Street, then north to Ninth, to Eleventh, on to Gallia, and then to New Boston. This mural features an early streetcar with motormen, facing east, after the car turned the corner at 9th and Chillicothe Streets. Note the three motormen in their blue uniforms. The streetcars ceased operation in 1938.

At the far right stands the Civil War Memorial statue in Tracy Park.

Government Square, 1919
This square was the hub of the business and financial district in Portsmouth at the end of World War I. Prominent buildings in the mural include the former U.S. Post Office Building, The Kricker Building and the National Bank Building. The esplanade in the central portion of the picture is surrounded by vintage automobiles.

Also, entrances to two public underground restrooms are visible. Most of the buildings on the north side of Gallia Street remain today.
 
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage marker series.
 
Location. 38° 43.849′ N, 83° 0.21′ 
Millbrook Park Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
3. Millbrook Park Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 2nd Street, Portsmouth OH 45662, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
More about this marker. Marker is near the entrance to the former Bigg's House Hotel, which is now part of the Riverview Retirement Center.
 
Also see . . .  Portsmouth, Ohio, Floodwall Murals
Shoe Manufacturing - Industrial Heritage Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
4. Shoe Manufacturing - Industrial Heritage Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
. (Submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars
 
Early 1900s Streetcar Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
5. Early 1900s Streetcar Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Government Square, 1919, Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
6. Government Square, 1919, Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Millbrook Park Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
7. Millbrook Park Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Shoe Manufacturing Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
8. Shoe Manufacturing Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Shoe Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
9. Shoe Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Shoe Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
10. Shoe Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Shoe Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
11. Shoe Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Government Square, 1919, Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
12. Government Square, 1919, Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on October 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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