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Cincinnati wasn't always known by the present name. It was first called Ft. Washington in honor of George Washington. Then, in 1788, it was named Losantiville. There is no data on just who dreamed that name up, but in 1789, the local Indians came calling bent on destroying the tiny settlement. They failed. Another attack came in 1790 and 91. By 1802, the Indians gave up, and the settlement was named Cincinnati, in honor of the Society of the Cincinnati by General Arthur St. Clair, then the governor of the Northwest Territory.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the one who named it "The Queen City of the West". Looking at any police car will remind you of the nickname.
Winston Churchhill called Cincinnati one of the most beautiful cities in the Union. Harriet Beecher Stowe started writing "Uncle Tom's Cabin" while living in Cincinnati. Washington Roebling built a magnificent suspension bridge spanning the Ohio river long before the Brooklyn Bridge was built and it is still standing, looking as good as it did when it was first built in 1867.
In the late 1800's, William Proctor and James Gamble established the company known as Proctor and Gamble, who made Star Candles. The candles were shipped to the Ohio River and each box was marked with a star inside of a circle. This logo evolved into the Moon and Stars logo that was recently removed from their products because a few people thought that it was satanic. Actually, the logo featured a moon with 13 stars, one for each of the original colonies.
Cincinnati is located in Hamilton county, which was named for Alexander Hamilton.
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph
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Smithsonian Exhibit at the 1888 Cincinnati, Ohio, Exposition

Description: The Smithsonian Institution Exhibit at the 1888 Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States in Cincinnati, Ohio. The sign on the long, low exhibit case in the middle of the photogra... more

The death chamber

Slaughterhouse scene with man killing pigs with sledgehammer, as other men bleed, and clean the pig's bodies, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The 21st Reg't Wisconsin Vol., crossing the pontoon bridge, at Cincinnati, Saturday, Sept. 13, 1862 / sketched by A.E. Mathews, 31st Reg't. O.V.

Print showing Union soldiers of the 21st Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers marching across a pontoon bridge in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lists field and staff officers, as well as officers of the line.

The recent inundation of the Ohio [River] at Cincinnati

Horse-drawn wagon, rowboat and barge on flooded street; steamboat in background.

Our national chart, a supplement to the "Cincinnati Weekly Times" for 1866

Print showing right side illustration of "The soldier's dream" in which a soldier asleep on the ground during the Civil War dreams of returning home to loved ones; left side illustration shows bust portrait of ... more

Cincinnati and Covington suspension bridge, taken from the Covington side of the river

Stereograph showing Cincinnati and Covington Bridge suspension tower and cables.

Presentation of a champion bat to the "Red Stocking" base-ball club, Cincinnati, Ohio, on its return home / sketched by J.A. Gervis.

Illustration showing members of the Red Stocking baseball team and distinguished guests standing around "champion" baseball bat, 27 feet in length, presented to the team after amassing a 21-0 record.

Beauty--Manufactured by R. Wilson & Co., Cincinnati, O. / lith. of Strobridge & Co., Cin. O.

Tobacco label showing little girl dressed in white nightgown, with blue trim, powdering her cheek with a large powder puff.

C. & C. Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River

Photograph shows Cincinnati and Covington Bridge suspension tower and cables.

Formosa. Chewing tobacco. Spence Brothers and Co., Cincinnati, O. / Strobridge Co. lith, Cin., O.

Tobacco label of Spence Brothers and Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, showing an elephant bearing a visitor to greet an Eastern potentate.

Charm of the East--Chewing tobacco--O.P. Shattuck, Worcester, Mass. / Strobridge & Co. Lith. Cincinnati, O.

Tobacco label showing half-length portrait of a woman holding a tray with carafe and glass.

Smithsonian Exhibit at the 1888 Cincinnati, Ohio, Exposition

Description: A general view of the Smithsonian Institution Exhibit looking north at the 1888 Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Smithsonian coordinated all of t... more

1896 brewers traders #1

Print shows two men representing members of the brewers trade, with several vignettes of men from a variety of professions drinking beer.

T.B.C. children attending the little red school house [...]

School children seated at two tables, with their teacher, outdoors, Cincinnati, Ohio.