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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 2, 2012
1. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
Inscription.

Tenth Street Station
The pagoda-style train station at the northwest corner of Tenth and Waller Streets is shown as it appeared in the 1890's. The N&W (Norfolk & Western) and B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) tracks continued west on Tenth St. in front of the station, while the CP&V (Cincinnati, Portsmouth and Virginia, which the N&W acquired in 1901) turned northward behind the station. The wood-burning engine on the N&W tracks is thought to have belonged to the Scioto Valley RR, which the N&W acquired in 1890. The station was abandoned in 1931 and razed in 1968. The jitney, pulled by horses, delivered passengers to their destinations upon arrival by train.

Market Square
Market Street, along with neighboring streets, was the hub of retail business in Portsmouth from 1803 until the turn of the twentieth century. During the summer months, farmers brought their produce to town where the residents could purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Many riverboat captains and passengers traveling the Ohio River often stopped over in Portsmouth and stayed at the Washington Hotel (seen in the background). In recent years the hotel was remodeled and converted to a senior citizen residence.

Portsmouth, 1903
This mural depicts a view of Portsmouth in 1903 as seen from Kentucky. The mural was painted
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
2. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
from a composite of four photographs taken from the Carl Ackerman historical collection. The floodwall was not present at that time and many landmark buildings are easily recognized. The Scioto River converges with the Ohio River at Portsmouth. One hundred years after Henry Massie drew the first plat, Portsmouth had grown to a city of 17,870 citizens. The farmlands west and north of the city were some of the richest in Ohio because the yearly flooding created a fertile delta. The smokestacks in the background were from the Burgess Steel and Iron Company, which employed more than 500 men. The businesses on Front Street flourished because of their proximity to the Ohio River. Market Street had become the central street during the 1800's. Boats docked at the foot of the street delivering goods to the city. The [illegible] completed in 1872 and was used by many social clubs. The newest hotel was the Washington, which opened in 1900 as the most modern hotel in Ohio. Each room had a telephone, electric lighting and refrigerator all for [illegible]. This mural measures 20 x 160 ft. and is the longest in the Floodwall Mural Project.
 
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage marker series.
 
Location.
Tenth Street Station Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
3. Tenth Street Station Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
38° 43.848′ N, 83° 0.173′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Market Street, on the right when traveling west on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 300 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, Floodwall Murals. (Submitted on February 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Tenth Street Station Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
4. Tenth Street Station Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford

 
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Market Square Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
5. Market Square Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Market Square Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
6. Market Square Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Market Square Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
7. Market Square Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, 1903 Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
8. Portsmouth, 1903 Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
9. Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
10. Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
11. Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
12. Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
13. Portsmouth, 1903 Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on February 22, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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