Friday, August 20, 2010

1. Fountain Square and the Tyler Davidson Fountain

Fountain Square is the perfect place to start any tour or visit to Cincinnati. It is for the most part the center of the city and the center of many things that happen downtown. Over the years the square has changed many times but it has always maintained its appeal. Whether this is your starting place for a tour, meeting up with friends for Oktoberfest, or in town for a visit, everyone knows where Fountain Square is. The square is only a short walk from most of the hotels in the city and has a lot to offer.

There are a lot of fantastic restaurants located around the square and you can get your fill of a Cincinnati favorite, Graeters Ice Cream right there. In the Summer the square is filled with people watching a movie or a game on the large screen above Macys and Palomino, there are concerts on Fridays as well as festivals like Taste Of Cincinnati. Heading into Fall you have Oktoberfest which officially starts on the square with the Chicken Dance and in the Winter months a skating rink is placed on the square for individual skating and broom ball. Fountain Square has become Cincinnati’s living room.

The centerpiece of the square is the Tyler Davidson Fountain which is officially called, Genius Of Water. The fountain was presented to the city in 1871 by Henry Probasco in honor of his brother-in-law Tyler Davidson. The fountain was designed and cast in Germany and brought here to Cincinnati. The fountain is a beautiful piece of art with the arms of, “The Lady” outstretched with water coming from the palms of her hands and below her are elements that depict the uses of water as well as four boys taming water creatures around the rim. The fountain has become the most iconic image of Cincinnati.

Fountain Square
5th and Vine Steet, Cincinnati

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