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Sciotoville High School built by WPA Circa 1937

Karen Sue Wikoff collection

Reese's Hamburger Shop at Sciotoville, Ohio 

Mark Howell collection

Sciotoville 1925 Stewart Ford Dealer 

Sciotoville 1935 winter taken from the C&O Bridge

Gallia Street looking west showing Reese Hamburger Shop, Evans TV Repair and Stanley Theatreback in the 50's

Sciotoville School #1 Marshall Street Built: 1870 Demolished 1938

Sciotoville Lafayette School Kentland Avenue @ Harding Avenue  Demolished 1950

 Warren G. Harding, 6135 Harding Avenue  Built 1930  Closed 2004  Demolished 2006

Millhuffs started 1931 & torn down Oct. 06, 2003

photo by Janet Nesler

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N & W Station at Sciotoville was closed and razed in 1968 for highway widening project.

Sciotoville Christian Church

Sciotoville Methodist Episcopal Church c1930s

Sciotoville Methodist Church

N & W train with a 2-8-0 engine headed east bound crossing the little Scioto River at Sciotoville. Note the Rt. 52 covered bridge in the back ground.

c 1900 picture from the Tom Dressler collection


Sciotoville Bridge, 1917, designed and built by two famous American Civil Engineers, Gustav Lindenthal, D.Sc. (1850-1935), the Consulting Engineer (and) David Barnard Steinman, D.Sc. (1887-1960), the designer and stress analyst. A double track railroad bridge of twin spans each 775 feet long, it remained until 1935 the longest continuous truss bridge in the world and stands today as the prototype for continuous structures. Its construction marked a major advance in the art of bridge engineering and was a pioneer achievement in continuous truss analysis. In beauty of design, size and erection techniques it stands as a landmark of progress in man's mastery of his environment.

Located intersection of Gallia St. and Eastern Avenue, on the Sciotoville side of the bridge at intersection.  38° 45.393 W 082° 53.06217S E 336265 N 4291447

Sciotoville 1884 Ornamental Letterhead A. YOST CIGARS, TOBACCO and PIPES

Sciotoville C & O Bridge under construction 1915-16

Sciotoville longest continuous truss span bridge in the world until barely passed in 1945

Sciotoville High School football team 1934

 view of Sciotoville dated 1925.

Sciotoville High School football 1933 team.  #40 Wm. L. Montgomery


Eakins Corner, Sciotoville c 1909

Sciotoville in the early 1930's

Sciotoville High School cost $65,000 and had about 25 rooms.  At the extreme left there was a grade school building

Sciotoville, named after the Little Scioto River, which flows into the Ohio River is located at the intersection of US 52 and SR. 335 between the village of New Boston and Wheelersburg along the northern bank of the Ohio River. It was founded in 1835 and platted in 1841 by William Brown. It was annexed by the city of Portsmouth in 1921. 


Sciotoville was the first area in Scioto County to have been settled. From that settlement, a great deal of firsts came from the Sciotoville area. The first marriages, first births, first July 4th Celebration, first field cleared for crops, the first water mill and first house builtBonsers held the first public celebration of the Fourth of July in the State of Ohio in 1808. People came from Chillicothe, Maysville, Gallipolis, and other places with about 300 persons were present.


Samuel Marshall and John Lindsay were the first to settle in Sciotoville.  They built small cabins near the mouth of the Little Scioto River in 1795.  Isaac Bonser arrived in 1796 and established the first farm along what is now known as Bonser Run Stream north of Sciotoville.  In 1798 he built a grist mill on Bonser’s Run.  “The History of Scioto County” notes Bonser was a great hunter, and had a trusty flint-lock rifle, with which he killed over 1,000 deer, besides many bears, buffaloes and turkeys.  He claimed to have killed the first and the last buffalo in Scioto county.

The first tavern opened in 1803 just below the mouth of the Little Scioto River. The first official school in Porter Township opened in 1816 near the river with Walter Beloat as the first teacher. The first church was erected in 1817,  under the charge of the Rev. Rufus Cheney – Free-Will Baptist.

Plots of land forming Sciotoville were sold along the river  by Colonel Edwards who received a Revolutionary War Government Grant of land.  Sciotoville was officially platted in 1841.  By 1820 there were roadways to Wheelersburg to the east and Harrisonville to the north.



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