Closed is what I found along The Ohio River Scenic Byway, highway US 52, this past weekend. I had to get out of Springfield, Ohio and away from the farm for a few days, so with the break in the winter weather to spring for the weekend I went on a road trip. We, the wife and I, picked up US 52 in Ripley, Ohio. The Ohio River Scenic Byway runs the entire length of the Ohio River in Ohio, 452 miles. Starting at US 50 at the Indiana border, this route follows US 52, State Route 7, State Route 124 and State Route 39 to East Liverpool at the Pennsylvania border. We traveled it from Ripley to Portsmouth, Ohio. Great time in a beautiful part of Ohio.
Closed! Here is a Marathon station that just stopped and closed from the looks of it. This is on the west side of Portsmouth, Ohio on US 52.
Next to this gas station was a little pizza joint that is fading away.
Ok, Ok so maybe not every thing down there is closed, but the area is having a bad time like rest of Ohio. Portsmouth is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Scioto County. The municipality is located on the northern banks of the Ohio River and east of the Scioto River in Southern Ohio. As of the census of 2010, there were 20,226 people, 8,286 households, and 4,707 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,885.0 inhabitants per square mile (727.8 /km2). There were 9,339 housing units at an average density of 870.4 per square mile (336.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 5.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.
The median income for a household in the city was $23,004, and the median income for a family was $31,237. Males had a median income of $31,521 versus $20,896 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,078. About 18.3% of families and 23.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.
More stories from the road will be posted over the next few weeks. Be sure to check out my other blog that I am using more and more, hint, hint. This one might go dead at some point in time. See my post of the Ohio River Scenic Barn Photos.