Portsmouth Motorcycle Club
The Portsmouth Motorcycle Club is one of the oldest in Ohio and the group picture shown in the mural was taken in 1913. Many residents have identified family members from this old image. Look closely into the hubcap of the motorcycle on the right and you can see the reflection of muralist, Robert Dafford taking a photograph of the bike. In early springtime, throughout the summer and into late fall, bikers from numerous states visit Portsmouth to have their photographs taken. The Portsmouth Motorcycle Clubhouse is located at the end of the street on the right.
Good Times Remembered
The photographs featured in this scrapbook are of popular places in Portsmouth during the twentieth century. Page 1: Dreamland Pool, the clay tennis courts at Mound Park, the Turkey Shoppe, Harold's Restaurant, the Elk's Country Club and Boy Scout Camp Oyo. Page 2: Lake Roosevelt, Hamburger Inn, the LeRoy Theater, Girl Scout Camp Molly Lauman, the Modern Grill, and the midway at the Scioto County Fair.
Sunset At The Point
The perfect spot to view a gorgeous "red sunset" is Alexandria Point overlooking the confluence of the Ohio and Scioto Rivers. Muralist Robert Dafford is sharing his vision of the sunset from Alexandria Point located at the end of Front Street. The Carl Perkins Bridge is in the background. Pack a picnic, grab a friend and enjoy watching the sunset in Alexandria Point.
Scenes from Portsmouth's Sister Cities are painted in the mural. These cities are Corby, England; Orizaba, Mexico; and Zittau, Germany. The muralist has created an illusion of looking through three archways called "Portsmouth's Windows to [sic - on] the World." The Sister City Program links communities throughout the world, promoting cultural understanding and social development. A unique feature of Dafford's work is his inclusion of local residents in many of his murals. The children shown in this mural are neighborhood children. Several other murals have local residents painted into the mural, allowing all of Portsmouth to take ownership in this project.