Marietta: The Mail Line Packet “Courier” Arriving at the Wharfboat on the Ohio in 1875


Marietta came into being because there were insufficient funds to pay the soldiers of the Revolutionary War of 1776, they were instead given warrants which they could later exchange for land. Marietta was settled by a group of these Revolutionary soldiers who formed the Ohio Land Company. In those days the rivers formed the essential transportation routes and because of its location, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta became the logical center of transportation for the interior of the Ohio Territory.

This scene shows Marietta’s levee from Ohio Street as people are arriving to meet the U.S. Mail Packet COURIER following an early snow fall.

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