"An Accurate and Concise Sketch of Portsmouth, Ohio", from the Board of Trade of said city, prepared by Col. J.E. Wharton, and adopted by the board, February 26, 1876. (Copyright: Public Domain)
Created almost 140 years ago, this pamphlet was created as a sort of advertisement to entice business and industry to locate in the Scioto County area. It may also have been used to advocate for funding from state and federal agencies. Many of those living in Washington and Nile townships at this time, would have been employed by one of the industries and also working farms on the rich and fertile lands described.