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Near Stockport in Morgan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Two Riverboat Pilots

 

—One of Many Points of Interest on the Muskingum River Parkway —

 
Two Riverboat Pilots Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
1. Two Riverboat Pilots Marker
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Inscription. In the heyday of steamboating on the Muskingum, many people made their livelihood on the river. Jane McMillan, known as Old Jane, was one of the few women reported to have piloted boats on the river. In the 1840s she was co-owner of the "Zanesville Packet." McMillan worked a variety of jobs, from cook to pilot. She was reported to know the twists and turns of the river so well that she could navigate safely at night, something many pilots refused to do.

Isaac Newton Hook, a descendant of the earliest settlers in Zanesville, used skills he learned on the Muskingum River as a pilot on the Mississippi during the Civil War. He shipped supplies needed by the Union army. His tomb is in the Brick Church cemetery between Hooksburg and Stockport. He had the grave built out of concrete and above the level of the 1898 flood. The 1913 flood submerged the tomb, but it survived and can be viewed to this day.
 
Erected 1997 by Muskingum River Parkway the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.843′ N, 81° 47.285′ W. Marker is near Stockport
Two Riverboat Pilots Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
2. Two Riverboat Pilots Marker
full view of marker St Rt 266 bridge is visible, and upper gate of lock #2
, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is on Broadway Street (Ohio Route 266), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in park area along canal lock #6 on Muskingum River, accessed under the St Rt 266 bridge, from a drive (Stockport Lock Rd.) off St Rt 376. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2120 Stockport Lock Rd, Stockport OH 43787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Underground Railroad (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stockport Mill (about 700 feet away); Big Bottom Massacre (approx. 0.8 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Windlass or Crab Winch (approx. 7.3 miles away); Two River Towns: McConnelsville and Malta (approx. 7.3 miles away); Howard Chandler Christy (approx. 7.7 miles away); McConnelsville Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockport.
 
Additional keywords. Muskingum River Parkway
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Two Riverboat Pilots Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
3. Two Riverboat Pilots Marker site
marker can be seen in the distance
Lock #2 image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
4. Lock #2
lower lock gate, looking downstream (south) on the Muskingum River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 17, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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