Secret Cincinnati: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Secret Cincinnati: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

by Kathryn Witt


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Is it safe to photograph bobolinks at a once-contaminated nuclear weapons plant? Is it possible to channel a medium from whatever realm she inhabits in the afterlife? Is that really a bathtub hanging from the ceiling? Did you know you can watch an unscripted star show with an audience of only eighteen? Find pieces of an exquisite old castle-like building all over the city? Hear a free concert outdoors in the dead of winter? Conduct your own paranormal investigation at a honky-tonk? See the world’s largest steam engines? Browse and buy animal skulls? Told with wonder, humor, and a big dose of sentimentality, here is a travel guide that lauds those little (and little-known) treasures all over town. From a tower missing its church and a maze you can meditate your way through to a book relating to a real-life beheading and a memorial to the last passenger pigeon, Secret Cincinnati is an exuberant shout-out to all that makes Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky the sometimes weird and always wonderful place it is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681061870
Publisher: Reedy Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Secret
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,145,504
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Witt is the author of several books, including the historical novel, The Secret of the Belles; Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait; Contemporary American Doll Artists and their Dolls; and Doll Directory. She has also written three children’s storybook series for Malaysian publisher Penerbitan Pelangi. A member of the Authors Guild and Midwest Travel Journalists Association, Kathryn is a travel and lifestyle writer whose work appears regularly in Kentucky Living, Georgia, Tribune New Service and Travel Goods Showcase, among other publications. Kathryn is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including two Lily scholarships and multiple Mark Twain Travel Writing Awards. She lives in Northern Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1

Introduction 3

Abraham Lincoln Statue 4

Garden Party at the Taft Mural 6

Carew Tower Observation Deck 8

Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices 10

Damascus Room 12

Falcon Theatre 14

Algin Office 16

Cool Ghoul's Gravesite 18

Dinsmore Homestead 20

Capitoline She-Wolf Statue 22

Early Schoolhouse 24

Bobby Mackey's Music World 26

Children's Theatre of Cincinnati 28

Glenwood Gardens 30

American Sign Museum 32

Hail Dark Aesthetics 34

Behringer-Crawford Museum 36

Fleischmann Gardens 38

Arnold's Bar & Grill 40

Elsinore Arch 42

Futuro House 44

Haven Gillespie House 46

Fernald Preserve 48

Garden of Hope 50

Gorman Heritage Farm 52

Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives 54

Frisch's Mainliner Restaurant 56

Battery Hooper at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum 58

H. H. Richardson Monument 60

Harlan Hubbard Mural 62

Historic Anderson Ferry 64

Greater Cincinnati Water Works 66

Henry Farny Park 68

Lucky Cat Museum 70

Magic, A Medium and Messages from Beyond 72

Martha, Last Passenger Pigeon 74

Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center 76

Mary M. Emery Memorial Carillon 78

Harriet Beecher Stowe House 80

Hidden Staircase 82

Florence Freedom 84

Jane's Saddlebag 86

Highland Pet Cemetery 88

Licking River Greenway & Trails 108

Party Source Spirits Library 110

Memorial Groves 112

Linck Brewery Tunnels 114

Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival 116

Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Museum 118

Sharon Woods 120

National Steamboat Monument 122

Boone County Arboretum 124

Mitchell Memorial Forest 126

Cincinnati Dinner Train 128

Lloyd Library and Museum 130

Peony Gardens 132

Loveland Castle 134

Melan Arch Bridge 136

Cincinnati Observatory 138

Mercantile Library 140

Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati 142

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center 144

Motherhouse Grounds of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati 146

St. Mary's Park 148

Museum of Anthropology 150

Old Ludlow Incinerator 152

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum 154

Symphony Hotel & Restaurant 156

Wolff Planetarium 158

Play Library 160

Thornton Triangle's Tecumseh Statue 162

Preservation Lab 164

Withrow Nature Preserve 166

Prisoners Lake 168

Ohio Book Store 170

Riverside Drive Statue Tour 172

Painted Ladies 174

Rotary Grove Memorial 176

Secret Garden Tour 178

Woodland Mound 180

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption 182

Pioneer Memorial Cemetery 184

Winold Reiss Industrial Murals 186

Mushroom House 188

St. Rose Church 190

The Video Archive 192

Vent Haven Museum 194

Walnut Hills Presbyterian Church Tower 196

Trolley Park 198

Index 200

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