Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hauck Botanical Gardens

This 8-acre park was once the home of Cornelius J. Hauck, former park board member and avid horticulturist. Hauck lived here until he passed away in 1957 and the land was donated to the Cincinnati Park Board. His home now serves as the headquarters for the Cincinnati Horticultural Society.

Mr. Hauck called this land, “Sooty Acres” because of the many coal-burning factories surrounding the land. The park has a large collection of trees, shrubs, and evergreens as well as many flowers including hydrangeas, daffodils, daylilies, and lilacs. It is a peaceful garden tucked away off of the surrounding busy streets.

Hauck Botanical Gardens
2625 Reading Road, Mt. Auburn

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an abolitionist and an author of over 20 novels including her most popular book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Born in Connecticut, she moved to Cincinnati in 1832 with her father Lyman Beecher when he accepted a position as president of Lane Theological Seminary. The family was anti-slavery and supporters of the Underground Railroad. It was here where she met her husband, Calvin Ellis Stowe and in Cincinnati and Kentucky where her and her husband saw first-hand the treatment of slaves and the struggles to become free. Harriet Beecher Stowe and her husband left Cincinnati in 1850 and moved to Brunswick, Maine. In 1852, she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book that brought slavery to life for many people.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a national museum and focuses on the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Beecher family, the abolitionist movement, and the Underground Railroad.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Avenue, Walnut Hills

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Xavier University

Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a Jesuit, Catholic University and the 6th oldest Catholic university in the country. Xavier is also recognized as one of the top universities in the country in several categories. The school has many undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of arts & sciences, health, education, and business.

The campus has a combination of old and new with many beautiful Gothic style buildings. Hinkle Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus and is one of the buildings that sit along Victory Parkway. There is also the Bellarmine Chapel and a new residential complex.

The school also has a men and women athletic program and is best known for the Xavier Musketeer men’s basketball team.

Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway, North Avondale

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hotel Alms

Frederick Alms is known for the Alms & Doepke department store downtown as well as the park named after him. Alms also owned a hotel near his home in Walnut Hills. The original Hotel Alms was built in 1891 across the street from his home. The larger more modern hotel was built in 1925 and was designed by Cincinnati architect Harry Hake. This modern hotel boasted 500 rooms and a 400-car garage, a beautiful Japanese garden called the, “Tokyo Garden”, the Mermaid Lounge, a 24-hour coffee shop, an alfresco dining room, and many verandas. The hotel was definitely a first class hotel. WKRC used to broadcast from the hotel and there are two tall towers located on the top of the hotel. The original hotel building was eventually torn down but the newer one still stands and today is the Alms Hill Apartments.

Hotel Alms
2525 Victory Parkway, Walnut Hills

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

St. Rose Church

The church is named for St. Rose of Lima, the first saint from the Americas and is also known as St. Rosa. St. Rose was founded and built in 1867 and dedicated in 1869. The spire is over 190 feet tall and can be seen from great distances. A 4-sided clock was added to the steeple in 1890 and it is believed that ships would set their clocks to it. On the rear of the building is a marker that shows the floods the church has withstood over the years including the flood of 1937 that crested at 79.9 feet. The church is part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Rose Church
2501 Riverside Drive, East End

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Columbia Parkway

Until the Interstates were built, U.S. Route 50 was a major thoroughfare. U.S. 50 runs from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento and stretches for 3,000 miles. This route runs through Cincinnati and from downtown to Fairfax, Route 50 is called Columbia Parkway.

Driving down Columbia Parkway you will see beautiful views of the Ohio River, the hills of Northern Kentucky, and the Cincinnati skyline. Columbia Parkway runs through Walnut Hills and historic Columbia-Tusculum. There are many historic markers along the parkway, which point out the rich history of the east side of town such as Fulton and Turkey Bottom. Many of the original Art Deco finishes are still standing like the stairs that were constructed in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration. Even though they were sealed up in 2008, the outline of where the steps once were can still be seen.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Little Miami River

The Little Miami River stretches for over 100 miles and 5 counties starting in Clark County in the north and spilling into the Ohio River near Lunken Airport in the south. In 1968, the river was designated the Little Miami National Scenic River as a result of the federal Wild and Scenic River Act of the same year. In 1969 it was the first river in the state to be designated the Little Miami State Scenic River.

Since then the river has been preserved for its natural beauty. There are many state parks that can be found along the river as well as the Little Miami Scenic Trail, a hike/bike trail, which uses an abandoned railroad track right of way and is over 80 miles long from Springfield to Cincinnati.

The river is not only known for its beauty but for the many recreational activities like canoeing, biking, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.