History and Stories

Hillside Suburb of Newport, Clifton, Agreed to Be Annexed in 1935, in Great Depression

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Directororiginally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune   “In the late 19th Century, improvements in transportation made it more practical to develop the hillsides. It was at this time that the city of Clifton, a hillside suburb of Newport, was developed. Clifton was incorporated in 1888 by developers who chose the …

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Mapping Cholera in 1849: John Lea and Henry Boyd in Cincinnati ​

by Paul Muller, CPA Executive Director This is a story about John Lea, a Cincinnati notary and amateur geologist, who was obsessed with finding the cause of Choler, and about Henry Boyd, a highly successful Cincinnati furniture maker and former enslaved Kentuckian.  In 1832 Henry Boyd, determined that water was the source of cholera transmission. …

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St. Mark Church in Evanston

The Past and Future of Evanston’s St. Mark Church

by Evanston Community Councilphotos by Angie Lipscomb Photography   In 1904, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood expressed interest in establishing a parish in Evanston, a new middle-class suburb of Cincinnati where there were over 100 Catholic families, many of Polish and German descent. Permission was granted to establish the St. Mark parish in 1905. …

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The Buena Vista Historic District of Newport, Itself the Oldest of NKY’s River Towns

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Directororiginally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune   “Newport’s social structure would also change fundamentally. A prosperous, old-stock, Protestant, river town would evolve into an immigrant, heavily Catholic, working-class city” (Thomas L. Purvis, et al., eds., Newport, Kentucky: A Bicentennial History. Newport, KY: Otto Zimmerman & Son, 1996, p. 53).   …

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