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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cincinnati,OH (National Underground Railroad Freedom Center) & Newport(KY) - Pictures - Upcoming Video

Cincinnati is Ohio's third largest city and the largest metro region, and lies on the north bank of the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio in the USA.

Cincinnati is a distinctly Midwestern city, and it has been wrapped up in every phase of American history. It was one of the United States' early boomtowns, and the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is the largest National Historic District in the country. Today, it's part of a fast-growing metro area, and home to a remarkable blend of industry and architecture. Downtown Cincinnati is surrounded by picturesque foothills that add a beautiful backdrop to the Queen City and its legendary skyline celebrated in the opening credits of television show WKRP in Cincinnati.

Formerly known as Losantiville, the city was renamed Cincinnati by the first governor of the Northwest Territory, Arthur St. Clair, in honor of the Society of the Cincinnati, a society named after Roman consul Cincinnatus and founded at the end of the Revolutionary War.

The city's early economy was based on the pork industry, and this was celebrated in the summer of 2000 with the Big Pig Gig, during which large flying pig statues took up residence along the city's main thoroughfares.

Cincinnati also has a charming riverboat heritage(Tall Stacks Festival) that dates back to the days when large, steam and paddle-wheel driven vessels were used to transport locally produced pork products.

Baseball is another Cincinnati tradition, and the Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team in the US.

Recently, Cincinnati has seen some large scale "revitalization" projects, such as the construction of Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium, and the reconstruction of Fountain Square in Cincinnati.


Newport is a city on the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. Founded in the 1790's by James Taylor, Jr., Newport is named after British Admiral Christopher Newport, who helped to found the Jamestown colony in 1607. In its early years, Newport was home to an army post, which helped to spur the town's growth. Today, it is proximity to Cincinnati that provides the spur, as Newport's hotels and riverfront area draw visitors from the Queen City.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - The Freedom Center’s physical location in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, is just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River, the great natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. Museum tells the dramatic story of the enslaved crossing over that river on the journey to freedom, assisted by men and women of all backgrounds who hated slavery and had created a secret network of escape routes that came to be called "the Underground Railroad."

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