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Ohio Finds: “Landing of the Pioneers” Painting

Above: Artist Sala Bosworth’s work depicts the arrival of The Ohio Company in 1788. Samuel P. Hildreth, author of the 1848 book “Pioneer History of the Ohio Valley” commissioned the piece.

On April 7, 1788, a party of 48 settlers led by Rufus Putnam stepped onto the east bank of the Muskingum River, beginning a new era of expansion across the continent. The Ohio Company, as they were known, had left Ipswich, Massachusetts, the previous December, determined to start a new life. They succeeded, founding Marietta, which became Ohio’s first city and served as the capital of the Northwest Territory.

Check out this month's FULL column featuring Fascinating Objects from Our Past.

Originally published in the JULY/AUGUST 2023 issue of Ohio Magazine.

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