A Brief History of Cincinnati USA

Greater Cincinnati is rich with history, tradition and culture. The area offers visitors and residents big city amenities with a small town feel.  Truly a great place to call home, raise a family and invest in your future.

Winston Churchill called Cincinnati one of the most beautiful cities in the Union, but Cincinnati wasn’t always known by its present name. First called Ft. Washington in honor of George Washington. In 1788, it was changed to Losantiville. By 1802 the settlement was named Cincinnati. With pigs transported off ships and herded through the streets, the name “Porkopolis” became commonplace (though never official) in the 1820’s. 

In 1867 John A. Roebling built a suspension bridge spanning the Ohio River, that’s still in use today. Cincinnati has had several “firsts” notably the first city in America to establish a municipal fire department and practically invent the fireman’s pole. Cincinnati was also the first city to establish a municipal university – University of Cincinnati. In 1869 the first professional baseball team – the Cincinnati Red Stockings were established, now known as the Cincinnati Reds. In 1905 Daniel Carter Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, later known as the Boy Scouts of America. Three United States Presidents were born or raised in Cincinnati. Ulysses S. Grant (18th) Benjamin Harrison (23rd) and William Howard Taft (27th)

Cincinnati, like other cities is home to many corporations. In the late 1800’s, William Proctor and James Gamble established the company known as Proctor and Gamble, initially making Candles. Barney Kroger began a bakery that eventually grew into the Kroger supermarket chain, which today has stores in every US state. Cincinnati was also the home of Powel Crosley Jr. who held several patents and manufactured cars, radios, refrigerators and all sorts of other products for the home.

Cincinnati-Style Chili – Between Skyline Chili, Goldstar and 140 other Cincinnati chili restaurants, Cincinnati-ans(?) eat more than 2 million pounds of chili each year topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese.

Cincinnati also happens to be home to Graeter’s ice cream. Graeter’s, founded in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, is a Cincinnati tradition.

Barbecue – Greater Cincinnati-ans will eat ribs, chicken, Saratoga chips, or anything covered in Montgomery Inn Barbeque Sauce.

Who knows what Goetta is?  – Primarily composed of ground meat and steel-cut oats, this dish originated with German settlers who immigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century.

Cincinnati is located within 500 miles of 60 percent of the U.S population. CVG- our airport was named as one of the worlds best and has more flights than most in the region. If you’ve never visited Cincinnati, plan your trip. Explore the downtown hotels, restaurants, entertainment districts and new casino. You may never want to leave!


With 20+ years experience in residential and investment real estate, sales, property management and consultation, Matt is an Ohio licensed Realtor currently working as Sales Manger at Real Property Management. Contact him directly at [email protected] or on twitter


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