Ironton Flood Wall

     In April 1938, a year after the devastating 1937 flood, Ironton began a $3.85 million flood project. The project was to prevent Ironton from facing destruction by flooding in the future. As a result a flood wall was built to encompass the town. Although flooding still occurs fairly often, Ironton has never been under water as it was in 1937.
     In the 1990’s, a project began to recognize Lawrence County history and beautify the Ironton boat docks and flood walls. Murals were painted to depict scenes of yesterday. Below is a list of the murals as well a link to a large picture of each mural.

Historical Home of the Official State of Ohio Memorial Day Parade

 

 

 

 

 

Waterloo Wonders: The 1934 State Basketball Champion Team

 

 

 

 

Lawrence County Veterans

 

 

 

 

Iron Bank and Star Bank

 

 

 

 

Detroit, Toledo and Ironton (DT&I) Caboose

 

 

 

 

 

1937 Flood

 

 

 

John Campbell "The Father of Ironton"

 

 

 

The Steamer The Ironton

 

 

 

 

Ohio State Seal

 

 

 

Welcome to Ironton

 

 

 

United States Seal

 

 

 

Nannie Kelley Wright, the only female ironmaster

 

 

 

Detroit, Toledo and Ironton or D,T& I Railroad

 

 

 

 

Colonel W. C. Lambert

 

 

 

Tanks Profession Football Team and their Stadium

 

 

 

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     The mural dedicated to Ironton’s Memorial Day Parade was painted by Patty Shively on May 20, 2006. Shively also helped paint the Veterans Mural.

     The Mural of dedicated to the Waterloo Wonders is not signed or dated. In the Phyllis Hamner Room, a drawing of the Waterloo Wonder floodwall mural can be found the in the Waterloo Wonders binder. The drawing was designed by Joshua McKenzie and dated December 30, 2003.

     The Mural dedicated to the Lawrence County Veterans who gave their life in combat was completed on August 7, 2002. Gary Tillis and Patty Shively were the artists. Patty also painted the Memorial Day Parade Mural.

     The Iron Bank and Star Bank Mural was completed in October 1994. Thomas H. Swick was the painter and is from Chesapeake, Ohio. Swick also painted the murals for The Ironton Steamer, and the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad.

     The Mural depicting the Flood of 1937 was completed in May of 1995 by Gregory Lavendar.

     The section of the mural depicting the founder of Ironton, John Campbell is part of the larger mural featuring the welcome to Ironton, the Ohio State seal, the United States seal, and the painting of Nannie Kelley Wright. No part of the large section is signed or dated.

     The Ironton, a steamboat, was depicted in the mural painted by Tom H. Swick in August 1992. Wick also painted the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad and Iron Bank mural.

     The section of the mural depicting the Ohio State seal is part of the larger mural featuring the welcome to Ironton, John Campbell, the United States seal, and the painting of Nannie Kelley Wright. No part of the large section is signed or dated.

     The Welcome to Ironton sign is part of the larger mural featuring the Ohio State seal, John Campbell, the United States seal, and the painting of Nannie Kelley Wright. No part of the large section is signed or dated.

     The section of the mural depicting the United States seal is part of the larger mural featuring the welcome to Ironton, the Ohio State seal, John Campbell, and the painting of Nannie Kelley Wright. No part of the large section is signed or dated.

     The section of the mural depicting the iron master, Nannie Kelley Wright, is part of the larger mural featuring the welcome to Ironton, the Ohio State seal, the United States seal, and the painting of John Campbell. No part of the large section is signed or dated.

     In August 1993, Thomas H. Swick finished a mural in honor of the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad. A restored DT&I caboose is positioned on the hill in front of the flood wall murals. Swick was also responsible for painted the The Ironton and Iron Bank murals.

     Colonel W. C. Lambert and one of his airplane battles are depicted in the mural painted by G. W. Lavendar on August 10, 1993. The mural was entitled “Memory of Valor.”

     The Ironton Tanks, a professional football team, was depicted in the last mural. This mural was completed by Steve Smith on August 1997.

     A restored DT&I or Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad caboose is located in front of the flood wall. This caboose will bring back memories of the years gone by when trains were the main mode of travel.