The Ironton, a steamboat, was depicted in the mural painted by Tom H. Swick in August 1992. Wick also painted the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad and Iron Bank mural.
Steamboats were once a common sight on the Ohio River. The first Steamboat boat built on the Ohio River was the New Orleans a 400 ton boat built in 1812. The Riverboat age was brought about because roads were difficult to travel and the railroad had not linked all of the towns and villages. These boats were a preferred way to travel in comfort for most people. Mail, news and produce were also commonly sent by boat.