Welcome to the Wild

On behalf of students in HIST 2064, welcome to our blog. We hope you enjoy our posts and all the rad places we find public history out there in the wilds of the greater Cincinnati area.

Public History in the Wild

Lets Ride – Cincinnati Union Terminal

The Cincinnati Union Terminal was completed and open to the public in 1933. It’s was connected to five train stations which consisted of 94 miles of track. This amtrak was used to bring soldiers home…

20th Century Cave Lesbians

Frances Benjamin Johnston became interested by photography in the late 1800s and started her career as a successful photojournalist. This poster located in the museum at Mammoth Cave, describes the work she did in pioneering…

An Engineer’s Dream Gone Wrong: Crosley Tower

   The Crosley tower began as an architectural marvel created for the purpose of breaking the world record for the tallest single-pour concrete structure in the world. Set apart from the rest of the Neo-Georgian…

From Final Four Appearance to Forced Resignation: The Downfall of Bob Huggins

August 23rd 2005: the day that changed the trajectory of University of Cincinnati basketball. UC president Nancy Zimpher gave men’s basketball coach, Bob Huggins an ultimatum — resign or get fired. Huggins chose the former.  …

An Engineer’s Dream: Crosley Tower

There is no other building on the University of Cincinnati’s campus that is as recognizable as the 16 story, single poured concrete glorified pillar known as Crosley tower. Crosley tower was named after Powel Crosley…

Cincinnati Music Hall

The Cincinnati Music Hall is located in a neighborhood referred to as Over-the-Rhine. Designed by Samuel Hannaford and based off of Victorian-gothic architecture, this remarkable structure was completed in 1878. Since then it has become…

A Piece of the Lone Star State in Clifton

Cincinnati, weirdly enough, contains a strikingly important part of the history of… Texas.. Replicas of cannons known as the twin sisters came along with the “Lone Star Pavilion” (pictured above), built in 1974 by a…

For he’s a jolly good (Rocke)fella

John D Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839 in Richford, New York and was known for starting the infamous Standard Oil Company in 1870. Starting his business in Ohio, close to the Cleveland area,…

The Haunted (?) Harding Museum

The Harding Museum is an early nineteenth century home in Franklin, Ohio that was turned into a local museum in 1972, having been donated by the Harding family in 1970 to the Franklin Area Historical…

Remember When Someone Filled It With Bubbles?

Did you know she’s called Genevieve? Originally installed in 1900 by the Kilgour family, the fountain at the center of Hyde Park Square has a history of appeasement, not gratitude. At the turn of the…

The Wild Cats of the Bearcats

Added to the University of Cincinnati’s campus back in 1904, these lions have long since been staples of the University’s image. The lions are actually replicas of a pair of lions in Loggia dei Lanzi…

Young man, there’s one(1) need to feel down

While the YMCA worked with UC students since 1888, this $400,000 building did not open until March 8th, 1930. The massive donation from the Gamble family was graciously received by the students who were hoping…