Portsmouth and the Ohio River

Portsmouth and the Ohio River (HM2FYI)

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N 38° 43.832', W 83° 0.13'

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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
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
levee, first built in 1908, failed in the 1937 flood and was
subsequently improved.
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, Tall Stacks, Inc., Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 325965 N 4288777
Decimal Degrees38.73053333, -83.00216667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 43.832', W 83° 0.13'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 43' 49.92" N, 83° 0' 7.8" W
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