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Cincinnati History, Ohio

 Queen City of the 19th Century Cincinnati, a city in the state of Ohio, US is located in the Ohio-Kentucky border on the River Ohio. This city is considered as the first pure American City, as it completely lacked the European influence present on the east coast. Cincinnati was also known to have a large collection of the German architecture created in the nineteenth century in the U.S. 

How Cincinnati got its name?

The city of Cincinnati was founded by Colonel Robert Patterson and John Cleves Symmes in 1788. It was named as “Losantiville” by Surveyor John Filson. But the governor of the Northwest Territory, renamed the city as “Cincinnati” in 1790. This society was also known to honor General George Washington, a Roman General who saved the city before retiring from power.

 Queen City of the 19th century

Cincinnati was later chartered as a village in 1802 and it was a revolutionary war veteran from Germany, David Ziegler, who became the first mayor. Afterwards in 1819, Cincinnati got incorporated as a city. The population of the city grew to 115,000 by 1850, courtesy to the introduction of the first ever steam navigation in 1811 on River Ohio and the later completion of Miami and Erie Canal.  The citizens of Cincinnati started referring the city as “Queen City” during this time of rapid expansion. 

Changes in Cincinnati transportation

The next major change in the transportation in Cincinnati was the introduction of the railroads. The Little Miami Railroad was the first to be chartered in 1836. The construction of the railway track followed with an aim to connect Cincinnati with Lake Erie Railroad and the Mad River. The fire department of the city became a paid department in 1853, which meant that United States got its first full time paid fire department. In fact, it was the first in the whole world in using steam fire engines.

 Role in American Civil War

Cincinnati played an important role during the period of American Civil War, as it was a major source of troops for the Union Army. It was also during this time when Cincinnati served as the headquarters for the Department of Ohio. This department was responsible for directing the offensives of the army to Tennessee and Kentucky and charging with the defense of the area. The city was later placed under the martial role after the Confederate Morgan’s Raiders posed as an imminent danger when they came too close to the city. Procter and Gamble started marketing Ivory Soap in 1879 and it has now become one of the top soap manufactures of Cincinnati.

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