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Battling the Political Machine in 1884

An 1884 riot burned down the Courthouse to protest a rigged murder trial, putting Cincinnati’s crooked political machine on notice.

Cincinnati’s Conscience and the Last Cox Machine Judge

Cincinnati Post columnist Alfred “Cincinnatus” Segal used his column to critique Judge Dennis Ryan's rulings, sometimes approvingly, more often critically.

The Soubrettes of Cincinnati: Chorus Girls or Courtesans?

In the early 1900s, soubrettes were characteristically flirtatious, and local newspapers considered the showgirls approximately equivalent to prostitutes.

Doctor Withrow and the Great Pretzel Kerfuffle of 1898

There is no question that John M. Withrow was a big wheel in Cincinnati. But he met his match when he picked a fight with the city’s German pretzel bakers.

How Powhatan Beaty Became a ‘Landmark of Cincinnati’

Powhatan Beaty, an African-American Civil War war hero, was a man of many talents, including Shakespeare.

Enforcing Prohibition in Cincinnati Was Easier Said Than Done

Cincinnati residents had a hard time kicking the habit when alcohol manufacturing and sales became illegal 100 years ago.

How Cincinnati’s Marriage Picnic Connects to the 1884 Courthouse Riot

Here's what happened to the three couples that wed during the 1879 Marriage Picnic, including one couple's connection to Cincinnati’s 1884 Courthouse Riot.

Cincinnati’s Ill-Fated 1879 Marriage Picnic

On August 10, 1879, 5,000 paying spectators converged on Inwood Park to eat, drink beer, and watch prostitutes get married.

How Caroline Shawk Brooks Became a National Butter Sculpture Sensation in the Late 1800s

After her husband's cotton crop failed in 1867, she looked to butter as a way to maintain a steady income.

Who Set the Bomb at St. Xavier Church?

A Cincinnati election in 1875 fanned anti-Catholic flames and a newspaper war, and might have led to a downtown church attack.
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