In this response from the October 2012 issue, Dr. Know puts to rest the persistent rumors of "Tiny Town."
My neighbors insist there used to be a place in Cincinnati built for little people who had retired from the circus. They called it “Tiny Town” or “Midget Land” or some such thing. Really? —Skeptical in ColerainDear Skeptical:No. If it were true, you would have seen it many times on that wobbly local channel where the news presenters open their eyes as wide as awe-struck spaniels for every item they report. You know which one.
There was, it seems, something along the lines of a miniature village that existed in your own township. It was the work of a well-meaning but deeply unhip farmer/entrepreneur looking to increase the take from his seasonal hayride sideline. But there were never any little people living in what was the equivalent of a teeny studio back lot. That fact has never stopped the Colerain folklorists from perpetuating a persistent rumor that the little people in the little town would chuck rock salt and pebbles at teenagers who came too near. Respected chronicler of the odd David Wecker, a mainstay of the lamented Cincinnati Post, traced the rock-hurling-little-people legend to the possible actions of the relatively small real-life owners of the hayride business, who would fling whatever was at hand at the Colerain teenagers who used to creep onto the property after dark for whatever reason mindless teenagers do the things they do.
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