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  • 8-73 Portsmouth 8-73 Portsmouth
  • 8-73 A view of the Ohio River as it flows downstream. The bridge is the Route 852 bridge, with the confluence of the Scioto and Ohio Rivers located just this side of the bridge. 8-73 A view of the Ohio River as it flows downstream. The bridge is the Route 852 bridge, with the confluence of the Scioto and Ohio Rivers located just this side of the bridge.
  • 8-73 A view of the New Grant Bridge that crosses the Ohio River from downtown Portsmouth, to Kentucky. 8-73 A view of the New Grant Bridge that crosses the Ohio River from downtown Portsmouth, to Kentucky.
  • 8-73 The levee, and further down, the flood wall with the famous murals. 8-73 The levee, and further down, the flood wall with the famous murals.
  • 8-73 The Floodwall Murals. 2,000 years of history/2,000 feet of art. 8-73 The Floodwall Murals. 2,000 years of history/2,000 feet of art.
  • 8-73 Wall and murals along Front Street 8-73 Wall and murals along Front Street
  • 8-73 Roy Rogers was raised in Lucasville, just north of Portsmouth. 8-73 Roy Rogers was raised in Lucasville, just north of Portsmouth.
  • 8-73 The people of Portsmouth are proud of their murals. 8-73 The people of Portsmouth are proud of their murals.
  • 8-73 A fan of Roy Rogers visits his mural. 8-73 A fan of Roy Rogers visits his mural.
  • 8-73 ohio river 8-73 ohio river
  • 8-73 picure of marker 8-73 picure of marker
  • 8-73 Grant Bridge 8-73 Grant Bridge
Title, side A
Portsmouth and The Ohio River
Text, side A
The Ohio River floodwaters account for Portsmouth's settlement. Alexandria, the county's first town, was laid out in 1799 on the west bank of the Scioto at its confluence with the Ohio. Early settlers in Alexandria were forced to higher ground across the river in Portsmouth because of frequent flooding. As a result, Portsmouth, platted in 1803, became Scioto County's seat and business center by 1814. Prominent local industries included brick, stone, steel, wood products, and shoe manufacturing. As of 2003, the Ohio River is the cornerstone of Portsmouth's transportation system, providing a means for materials to reach destinations throughout the region. It also serves as a recreation hub. The three-mile long levy, first built in 1908, failed in the 1937 flood and was subsequently improved.
Location
1634 SR 232
Coordinates
Latitude: 38.730600, Longitude: -83.002000.
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