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 Cincinnati, Ohio

 
 






































 

Book Introduction

     Cincinnati was destined for crowning achievements from its very beginnings. Settled in 1788 on the northern bank of the Ohio River, the city is surrounded by seven, gentle hills that afford magnificent views in all directions. Its riverside location made it an accessible destination for newcomers from the East, a port of trade for growing commerce in the Northwest Territory, and a practical stopping point for those continuing on farther west.

     By 1820, Cincinnati became America’s first major “boom town.” With the advent of steamboat navigation and the Miami and Erie Canals, it was the first western city to rival the early colonial cities of New England and the Mid Atlantic in size and wealth. In Mark Twain's era, the city docks were crowded with riverboats dropping off and picking up passengers and freight. Cincinnati soon became a major riverboat shipyard as well as the country’s center for processing pork products.  Referred to as "The Queen of the W est" by a local newsman, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow embraced the phrase in a work about the new metropolis, quickly acquainting the rest of the country with its royal status.

     Since its inception, the city has grown well beyond its original seven hills with over 300,000 residents in the city proper and nearly three million in the Greater Cincinnati area. Many major corporations have their headquarters here, including Proctor and Gamble, which opened for business in 1837.

     Cincinnati is now polishing up her diadem with a master plan that is revitalizing block after block of downtown with new museums, performance centers, athletic stadiums, beautiful parks and residential neighborhoods. On the opposite side of the river, Cincinnati’s northern Kentucky neighbors are following suit and stimulating their riverfront with numerous entertainment and cultural attractions.

     The crown of the “Queen of the West” city shines in all of its glory through the expressive photography of native Cincinnatian William Manning.  Each colorful page captures Cincinnati's enduring majesty.

 




   
RUBBER DUCK REGATTA (top and bottom left)
Every Labor Day weekend, more than 70,000 rubber ducks take over the Ohio River during the Rubber Duck Regatta, a famous Cincinnati tradition. Spectators adopt a duck for five dollars and the chance to win a car. All proceeds go to the Freestore Food Bank.

NATIONAL STEAMBOAT MONUMENT (right)
The interactive sculpture at the Steamboat Hall of Fame gives spectators more than a passive art experience. It features the original paddle wheel of the riverboat American Queen and two dozen smokestacks with sensors that set off whistling and hissing steam jets when approached.
 
 

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