Mound Park (The Missing Horseshoe) LbNA # 8616 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Jun 11 2004|
|Found By||Pioneer Spirit|
|Last Found||Jul 1 2006|
The land along the Ohio and Scioto Valleys in the Portsmouth area were once well decorated with wonderful prehistoric Hopewell mounds. A series of interconnecting mounds once stretched for miles which started east of South Shore, KY and crossed the Ohio River to Portsmouth. An artist’s rendition of the network of mounds can be viewed at Portsmouth’s Floodwall Murals. Mound Park houses the Horseshoe Mound, which was located in the center of the network. In 1974 the mound became listed on the national register of historic sites, which unfortunately came to late for a matching horseshoe that was located a few hundred feet to the west. Like many other mounds in the area, this one was destroyed by narrow minded developers. Ironically, the western horseshoe was destroyed for education. (You’ll know what I mean when you see what's there.)
Directions: Mound Park is located just northeast of the intersection of Grant and Hutchins streets in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Clues: Find the old stone water fountain (no longer in use) in the southwest corner of the park. Standing on the north side of the fountain, take a compass reading of 90º and walk 17 paces. (1 pace = 2 steps) At the north end of the bike ramp go due north 6 paces to a fence and a tree. Check around the base of the tree. (No need to cross the fence.)
Please be stealthy, the park can get busy at times.