Monday, March 11, 2013

Murals of Portsmouth, Ohio

I recently had the chance to see the murals in Portsmouth, Ohio. They are painted along the flood walls down by the Ohio River. They are about 20 feet high and a half mile long...and quite impressive!
Starting at the up-river end, they show scenes from the first human inhabitants, up through time to the modern age. I was instantly knocked off-center by this rendition that shows a complex earthworks that leads across the Ohio River to a concentric circular earthworks on the Kentucky side.

This overview shows the complex. My inquiries uncovered the fact that most of this incredible site no longer exists. Only one of the smaller horseshoe-shaped mounds is intact in a Portsmouth park. The concentric mounds in Kentucky have been all but completely obliterated by years of plowing over the top of them. This should be a world heritage site; it needs to be reconstructed and saved for future generations.
The rest of the murals were also educational.
They showed every aspect of the area.
It gave a glimpse into the city's past.
It showed the importance of early industries.
I'm only showing a tiny portion.
There is more to Portsmouth and the area than meets the eye.
If you get a chance, check out the murals. I definitely recommend it.

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