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Marietta Then & Now

Roll mouse over photo to see this area today

About this series

An overview
Marietta's existence dates back to 1788 when a group of settlers arrived from New England aboard a flatboat. Marietta's growth has always been tied to the river with its central business district laying in the flat land created by the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. Marietta was a thriving town when this photo was taken around 1898.

Interstate 77 passed just east of the city in the 1970s. Since then, major growth has been focused on the Pike Street area, with Marietta's largest retailers, a Lowe's Home Improvement store and a Super Wal-mart, being located less than a half mile from the highway.

Roll your mouse over the photo to see how the area has changed in the last century, then click on the "Next" link at left to take a photographic tour of Marietta's past and present. The modern day photo loads after the old photo is displayed. Please allow enough time for both of the images to download.