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The Roebling Suspension Bridge was the prototype for designer John Roebling’s Brooklyn Bridge. At the time of its completion in 1867, it was the longest bridge of its kind in the world spanning 1,067 feet.
Cincinnati was the first city to establish a municipal fire department and fire house. Firefighters have been organized here for over 200 years.
Five U.S. Presidents have come from Cincinnati: William Howard Taft, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.
Cincinnati’s original name was Losantiville, named after the Licking River in Northern Kentucky. The
name Losantiville means “opposite of the mouth of the river.”
The Licking River separates Covington and Newport, KY and is one of the few rivers in the world that flows North.
Widely regarded as the “Birthplace of American Astronomy,” the Cincinnati Observatory is located at the top of Mt. Lookout and is the oldest professional observatory in the U.S. President John Quincy Adams presided over the ceremony to lay the first cornerstone in 1843, which was his last public speech. The city’s Mt. Ida was renamed Mt. Adams in his honor.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the U.S. It opened in 1875 with an animal collection consisting of: eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, two elk, one buffalo, one hyena, one tiger, one alligator, one elephant and over 400 birds.
During the first forty years after its founding, Cincinnati experienced spectacular growth. By 1820, citizens, extremely proud of their city, were referring to it as The Queen City or The Queen of the West.
In 1890 Cincinnati was the third largest beer producer in the country.
In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team in history. The team consisted of 10 players under contract to play only for Cincinnati from March 15th through November 15th.
Maria Longworth Nichols Storer was the first woman to own and operate a large manufacturing operation. She founded Rookwood Pottery in 1880.
In 1850, Cincinnati established the first Jewish Hospital in the U.S.
In 1954, Cincinnati became the first city in the U.S. to have a licensed public television station, WCET TV.
The 15 story Ingalls Building was the world’s first steel reinforced skyscraper. It was built in 1903 at the corner of 4th and Vine Streets.
The University of Cincinnati was the first university in the U.S. to offer cooperative education, allowing students to alternate full time education with work.
The Thompson Machine Gun, or Tommy Gun was invented in Newport, Kentucky by John Thompson near the turn of the 20th century.
Cincinnati was the first settlement in Ohio to publish a newspaper in 1793.
The first man to walk on the moon was Cincinnati’s own Neil Armstrong.
Like, Rome, Cincinnati is surrounded by seven hills: Mount Adams, Mount Auburn, Walnut Hills, Fairmount, Fairview Heights, Clifton Heights and Mt. Harrison.
Also, like Rome, Cincinnati was named for the Roman hero, Cincinnatus. General Arthur St. Claire chose the name in honor of George Washington, who was president of the Society of Cincinnatus, in Philadelphia.
The Queen City is famous for its Cincinnati style chili. More than 140 chili restaurants can be found here. It is estimated that Cincinnatians consume more than 2 million pounds of chili and 850,000 pounds of shredded cheese per year.
The Central Trust Tower (now the PNC Bank building) was immortalized in the opening sequence of the popular soap opera The Edge of Night from 1956-1984. It was built in 1913 and designed by Cass Gilbert who also designed the Woolworth building in New York City.
WKRP in Cincinnati, the Emmy award winning 1970’s TV series, featured the daily happenings at a struggling fictional radio station here.
Newport, Kentucky was once the premier gaming destination in the U.S. Many well known gangsters spent much time here including Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel, who later developed Las Vegas.
Cincinnati is known for its Goetta, a traditional German dish made from ground meat and steel cut oats that is seasoned in various ways. Many immigrants used Goetta to stretch the meat they had on hand to feed more mouths during hard times.
One of Donald Trump’s first projects, while he was still in college, was the revitalization of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, in 1962.
The films Eight Men Out, Rain Man, Seabiscuit, Elizabethtown and Ides of March were all filmed here in Cincinnati.
The Procter & Gamble Company was founded here in 1837 as a candle and soap making business by William Procter and James Gamble. Cincinnati was an ideal location for them due to the area’s easy access to lye, which was used in both candles and soap. Lye is made from animal fat and wood ashes.
Gorilla Glue was introduced in 1999 to DIYers and was recently named one of Greater Cincinnati’s top workplaces.
Graeter’s Ice Cream was founded here in 1870 and still serves French Pot ice cream, handmade treats and a variety of baked goods.
Samuel Adams is brewed here at the former Hudepohl-Schoenling brewery, in Over The Rhine. It is one of their three brewing facilities in the US.
Oktoberfest-Zincinnzti USA is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world.