Oldest Cincinnati



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Title: Oldest Cincinnati
Author: Rick Pender
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781681063041
Price: $20.95

Late in the 18th-century, people began to head west in America in search of new frontiers and new lives. Many of them, including immigrants, found their way down the Ohio River to Cincinnati, Ohio, the “Queen City of the West.” In Oldest Cincinnati, follow their journey and learn the story of the city as you’ve never heard it before.

Read about a ferry that helped early settlers cross the Ohio River to Augusta, Kentucky, began in 1798 and that’s still in business today. Likewise, a stagecoach inn that began providing shelter for early travelers opened in Lebanon, Ohio, in 1803 continues welcoming guests to this day. As one of the first settlements in the Northwest Territory, called “Losantiville” before it was dubbed Cincinnati, there are still many “firsts” and “oldests” to be found locally. The first museum—focused on natural history and science—was launched in 1818. It’s now located in Cincinnati’s oldest train station. In 1866 the oldest bridge across the Ohio River connected downtown Cincinnati to Covington, Kentucky. The oldest art museum west of the Allegheny Mountains opened in 1881.

While the character of Cincinnati dramatically changed in the mid-19th century as German immigrants came in waves, the city would continue to boom culturally. They brewed beer, of course, but they also loved music, launching the oldest choral music festival in the Western Hemisphere.

Local historian and author Rick Pender goes to great lengths to research and pay homage to more than two centuries of Cincinnati’s oldests, firsts, and finests. Read about all of these and more in this informative book that brings history and people to life.


Local historian and author Rick Pender literally wrote the book on Oldest Cincinnati.

Covid was quite productive for Rick Pender. And it may very well prove to be financially successful as well. “I wrote a book,” he told the Northern Kentucky Tribune. “I started around April in 2020, and finished about eight months later.”

Fountain Square is where we gather as a city, and the fountain has been at the center of that for 150 years.

I’m really excited to interview author Rick Pender about Cincinnati, Ohio. Rick’s tips for the best things to do in Cincinnati are awesome because he moved to Cincinnati in 1980 for a job covering the arts, and he fell in

Cincinnati history buffs have a wealth of new books to check out, including the oldest things in Cincinnati, local murders and stories behind the gravestones.

Local author Rick Pender will be presenting and signing copies of his book, Oldest Cincinnati, on Saturday, August 28 at Roebling Point Books & Coffee 11 a.m. to noon.

Most of us are challenged with not having enough time in the day to complete our tasks. But what if you knew your days were numbered – OK, technically all of our days are numbered the minute we are born –

Local historian, author and longtime theater critic Rick Pender has recently released two literary projects.

Additional information

Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 in


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