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The Brief And Curious Life Of Cincinnati’s First Astronomical Observatory

Did Jared Mansfield really establish the nation's first astronomical lookout in Northside forty years before the founding of our magnificent Observatory?

Whither the Ubiquitous Cuspidors of Cincinnati’s Yesteryear?

Brass spittoons were still on display in local office buildings and courthouses into the 1950s.

Legendary Boxer John L. Sullivan Won a Championship in Cincinnati

The world’s most famous athlete of the late 1800s visited the Queen City frequently, occasionally getting into trouble.

When Cincinnati Debated Flirting: Acceptable or Reprehensible?

Back when women had little control over their own lives, any type of self-promotion (even flirting) was controversial.

Cincinnati’s Beloved Myth Of Washerwoman Ida Martin

It is a lovely myth, but it is, like many myths, unsupported by facts. While Mount Adams was once called Mount Ida, it's unlikely that the prior name had anything to do with an anonymous washerwoman living in a hollow tree.

Women and Their Doctors Found Many Pregnancy Solutions in Old Cincinnati

Abortions were an open secret and a life-threatening procedure during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

17 Curious Facts About Cincinnati Chili

Think you know everything about this area’s most famous culinary star? Dig in to this 17-way!

The Curious Histories of 17 Lost Bridges

Cincinnati and surrounding towns had a hard time keeping a good bridge up in the 1800s and early 1900s.

J.C.F. Grumbine’s Spiritual Path Involved Larceny, Libel, Kidnapping, and Seduction

A restless spirit led the Cincinnati native to explore new ways of thinking and new controversies across the U.S.

When Root Beer Was Cincinnati’s Temperance Quaff With a Kick

In the mid-1800s, the new carbonated drink was promoted as a cure for both medical problems and violent crime.