Portland KY Homes for Sale
Portland is located northwest of Downtown Louisville and was once an independent town. Read More...
In 1811 the settlement of Portland was laid out by the founder of Cincinnati, Ohio General William Lytle. General Lytle owned the land that Portland was settled on. As Portland began to develop so did the development of the steamboat. This allowed the Ohio River to become a major shipping route for freight that was heading into the American Frontier.
French immigrants had begun to populate the Portland area in 1814. To facilitate Portland’s rapid growth in 1817 the original street grid had to be expanded.
Many warehouses and shipyards in the Portland area were closed when a canal was built around the Falls in the 1830’s. Portland was incorporated in 1834 and was then annexed in 1837. In 1842 Portlanders voted to become independent again, but only ten years later Portland was annexed for the second time. The Church of Our Lady, which is now Good Shepherd Catholic Church was started in 1839 and was completed in 1873.
Portland continued to flourish through the 1930’s until the great Ohio River flood in 1937. Plans were set in motion to protect the area with flood walls until World War II occupied the government’s engineers. Only eight years after the great flood in 1937 Louisville’s second greatest flood occurred in 1945. After the second great flood, gigantic flood walls were built.
The river heritage of Portland is still evident in the preservation of many of its Steamboat Gothic homes. The Portland Museum spotlights the waterfront and the area’s riverfront history, which includes its position as the docking point west of the Falls of the Ohio. Show Less...