Home City Wise History

History

Is Cincinnati the “Birthplace of the Blues”?

It looks like the Wikipedia page for famous blues singer Mamie Smith needs to be updated.

Cincinnati Curiosities: The Haunted Ohio River

Who murdered Billy Fee on the night of August 25, 1890? And, why? No one ever confessed. No one was ever convicted. The guilty parties got away. Maybe that’s why Billy’s restless ghost haunted the Ohio River down near Lawrenceburg.

‘Trick Or Treat’ Was Life Or Death In Old Cincinnati

As early as 1882, Cincinnati candy makers banded together in a Confectioners Union to agree on reasonable standards of purity in the production of candy, but it was only the intervention of city, state and federal inspections after 1920 that allowed a level of confidence in the safety of the Halloween haul.

Cincinnati’s Centenarians

Anyone marking a 100th birthday was truly unusual and multiple newspapers celebrated centenarians—almost always women—in Cincinnati.

Remembering Long-Lost Longworth Street, Cincinnati’s Reddest Block

“Among the many low, disreputable dives with which this city is infested there are none that enjoy a more unsavory reputation than that kept by a blonde female of uncertain years known as Hester Clark, alias Hattie Black.”

Remembering Xavier University’s Schmidt Field House

Either you have vivid memories of Xavier University’s Schmidt Field House, or you’ve never heard of it.

This Historic Ohio Township Home Was a Stop on the Underground Railroad

A quick scan of the listing photos show tons of authentic remnants from the home’s past: brick interior walls (all original bricks were kiln-fired onsite, says listing agent Ellie Reiser); five working fireplaces; and several accessories and pieces of furniture that date back nearly 200 years.

George Street Was Once The Heart Of “Cincinnati’s Tenderloin”

It is unlikely that anyone will ever install an historic marker on the tiny remnant of George Street that survives in downtown Cincinnati. If such a marker ever materialized, however, it would have many tales to tell—but not in polite company.

The Great Dying: Cincinnati Endures The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

One hundred years ago, more than 2,200 Cincinnatians died from a disease known then as “Spanish Flu.”

This Murder Mystery Walking Tour and Dinner is Perfect for True Crime Fanatics

Washington Platform revives the city’s coldest case.

Follow Us

22,497FansLike
28,612FollowersFollow
39,787FollowersFollow