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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.

Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's
From the late 1800's through most of the 20th century, the Portsmouth area was served by the N&W (Norfolk & Western), the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio), and the C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio). The N&W's vast train assembly yard is the main focus of the mural. The yard's roundhouse is depicted in the top left corner, and a shop scene in the bottom center illustrates the hot expansion of a steel train wheel. Other items of note are the N&W's last steam-driven locomotive named the "Powhatan Arrow" at bottom left, a 1200 series freight locomotive at the bottom right, and the B&O's turnaround in Boneyfiddle in the inset at top center.

[The "Powhatan Arrow" was actually the name of a N&W passenger train which was pulled by the streamlined 4-8-4 J-Class steam locomotives]

The C&O's Sciotoville bridge shown at the top right, was built in 1917. With a double span of 1,550 feet it was, for many years, the longest continuous truss bridge in the world. It remains today the strongest bridge ever built.

Modern Industry
This mural depicts the major industries in the Portsmouth area today. Located in the left third of the mural are pictures featuring gray iron castings produced by OSCO Industries Inc. The middle third is an aerial view of the uranium enrichment plant located
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
near Piketon, Ohio. The right third shows scenes inside Mitchellace Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of shoelaces. In both the shoelace manufacturing and the gray iron casting portions of the mural there are reverse telescopic views of these industries as they were in the past.

Medical History
This mural demonstrates the progression of medical practice in the Portsmouth area. The center left panel shows Dr. Thomas Waller, the first physician in Portsmouth, attending a patient in the home, and the right panel depicts a present-day operating room. The border is a reflection of various local hospitals down through the years, ending with Southern Ohio Medical Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility (bottom right). SOMC opened in 1968 and continues to expand its services. It is the largest facility of its kind in the south-central Ohio area. Also note the graduating classes of nursing students from several of the hospitals, including one class from Shawnee State University.

Twentieth Century Wars
The theme of this mural demonstrates that the United States has fought for freedom worldwide in the five major wars which began during the twentieth century. The figures and emblems in the mural represent these wars and the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Shown in the upper border is the MIA/KIA monument in Tracy Park. Thousands of men
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
3. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
and women from southern Ohio either enlisted or were drafted into the armed forces during this period of history. This mural honors all of those who have served our country.
 
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° 43.853′ N, 83° 0.36′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street west of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling west. 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. 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 300 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
4. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
(about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 700 feet away); Portsmouth Foundry & Machine Works (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .  Portsmouth, Ohio, Floodwall Murals. (Submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
5. Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
6. Modern Industry Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
7. Modern Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
8. Modern Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Modern Industry Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
9. Modern Industry Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Medical History Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
10. Medical History Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Twentieth Century Wars Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 3, 2012
11. Twentieth Century Wars Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on February 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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