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What is the history of Cincinnati?


Wow! What a Question - and where to begin -  Known as the "Queen City of the West" Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County, the largest county in the state. Settled in 1788, The population within city limits is 296,943 according to the 2010 census making it Ohio's third-largest city. According to the 2010 Census Bureau estimate, the Cincinnati metropolitan area is the 27th most populous Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States.

Cincinnati is the birthplace of many presidents and historic figures we have all read about in our Country's history.

In the early 19th century, Cincinnati was the first American boomtown in the heart of the country to rival the larger coastal cities in size and wealth. As the first major inland city in the country, it is sometimes thought of as the first purely American city. It developed initially without as much European immigration or influence as took place in eastern cities. However, by the end of the 19th century, with the shift from steamboats to railroads, Cincinnati's growth had slowed considerably and the city became surpassed in population by many other inland Midwest cities, especially Chicago.

Cincinnati is home to two major sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, a major tennis tournament, the Cincinnati Masters, and home to large events such as the Flying Pig Marathon, the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, and the Thanksgiving Day race. The University of Cincinnati traces its foundation to the Medical College of Ohio, which was founded in 1819.

Cincinnati is known for its large collection of historic architecture. Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood just to the north of Downtown Cincinnati, boasts among the world's largest collections of Italianate architecture, rivaling similar neighborhoods in New York City, Vienna and Munich in size and scope. Constructed mainly between 1850-1900, Over-the-Rhine was the center of life for German immigrants for many years, and is one of the largest historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, contact any of us who are proud to populate this beautiful City.

Answer Contributed by Norma Palazzolo