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

Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
1. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
Inscription.

Civil War
More than 3,000 men and boys left Scioto County to fight for the Union in the Civil War. One unit, First Ohio Light Artillery, Battery L, represents all of these soldiers as they hold their position on the North Slope of Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. The border of the mural shows Portsmouth scenes at the time of the [C]ivil [W]ar. The industries of the area supporting the war are shown on the left border and on the right, the consequences of the war - the First Memorial Day on May 30, 1862 at Greenlawn Cemetery. Greenlawn's Soldiers Circle and the Chapel were both established in 1884. The Chapel, located at 1616 Offnere Street, Portsmouth has been placed on the National Historic Registry and is open to the public on Memorial Day weekend.

Early Police and Fire Departments
The need for law enforcement became apparent shortly after the early pioneers arrived. The first sheriff was appointed in 1803 and subsequently, the first jail was built on the corner of Front and Market Streets. The first volunteer fire department was formed in 1820. To be a member firemen were required to purchase their own leather buckets before they were accepted as members of the department. Note the "billy clubs," carried by the police, and the fire wagon pulled by horses.

Early
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
2. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
Churches

Sixteen churches shown in this mural, whose congregations were established in the city between 1817 and 1876, still exist today. Each church is featured as an icon in a stained glass motif showing the name and year it was actually established. The center stained glass panel releases sun rays that radiate into each church. All of the diagonal "lead" pieces in each panel also point back to the center. Every year, during the month of December, a festival called "Dickens of a Christmas" is held in Portsmouth. The opportunity to tour five of the churches is made available to the public.

Early Agriculture
Farming was vital to the development of the Ohio valley during the early 1800's. This mural shows a picture of harvest time in a wheat field. Although wheat was the primary crop of that time, corn and various breeds of livestock are also represented. Corn dolls were quite popular during the 1800's and were later seen at the "Korn Karnivals" in Portsmouth during the late 1800's and early 1900's.
 
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° 43.847′ N, 83° 0.122′ W. Marker
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
3. Civil War Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street west of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 525 Front Street, Portsmouth OH 45662, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1937 Ohio River Flood Mark on Bigg's House (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 500 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 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .  Portsmouth, Ohio, Murals. (Submitted on February 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureCharity & Public WorkChurches, Etc.War, US Civil
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
4. Civil War Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
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Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
6. Civil War Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
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Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
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Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
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Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
10. Civil War Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Early Police and Fire Departments Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
11. Early Police and Fire Departments Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Early Police and Fire Departments Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
12. Early Police and Fire Departments Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Early Churches Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
13. Early Churches Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
14. Early Churches Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
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Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
16. Early Churches Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
17. Early Churches Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Early Agriculture Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
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Mural by Robert Dafford
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
19. Early Agriculture Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
View of Portion of Portsmouth, Ohio's Impressive Floodwall Murals image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
20. View of Portion of Portsmouth, Ohio's Impressive Floodwall Murals
Murals by Robert Dafford
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. submitted on February 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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