Author Archives: Mike

How Beer Built Clifton, Mt. Adams and Mt. Auburn

Although housing conditions varied widely in the basin, from opulent mansions to squalor, rich, poor, and everyone in between lived and worked within the roughly two by one-and-a-half miles that constitutes the Cincinnati basin until the mid-1870s. An omnibus service … Continue reading

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The Innocent Mr. Neill — A Prelude To Riot

The “Brothels, Bootleggers & Booze Tour” that leaves from Arnold’s at 11AM throughout the summer includes the story of the Courthouse Riot of 1884. The story of the riot itself takes up enough time that I cannot go into detail … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink the Water!

Cholera epidemics hit Cincinnati hard in 1832-33, 1849-50, 1866, and again in 1873. Each one was devistating, killing a significant portion of the population. Cholera usually kills through dehydration. It acts like a bad case of food poisoning, with the … Continue reading

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Goetz House Cherubs

Many people dining at Lenhardt’s over the years have noticed a similarity between the cherubs on the first-floor ceiling mural and the ones on the old Christian Moerlein crockery bottles. The bottles are one of Cincinnati’s favorite pieces of breweriana. … Continue reading

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The Ladies’ Entrance

This photo of Arnold’s from 1902 gives clues to part of its unrecorded history.  Solid evidence suggests that the building was originally built as a brothel in 1838.  In the 1850s it was a “men’s salon” and a boarding house.  … Continue reading

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Getting to Know George Remus

Surprisingly little has been written about George Remus, the “King of the Bootleggers.” That’s why I bought and read “Jazz Bird” a so-called historic-fiction novel a few months ago. The writing is mediocre, but more importantly it is not “historic-fiction,” … Continue reading

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The Greek Who Made the Spaghetti “authentic” at Arnold’s

If you order the Greek Spaghetti at Arnold’s, you may enjoy it just a little more if you know the history behind the man who put it on the menu. Before Tarbell, another colorful Jim was the caretaker of Arnold’s. … Continue reading

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Historic Code Changes Discussion

On June 20, 2012 City Council adopted changes to the portions of Cincinnati’s Municipal Code that govern historic preservation.  The vast majority of these changes wound up being positive and well-drafted.  Unfortunately, one extremely important aspect of the new body … Continue reading

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The Story of Cincinnati’s Criminal Founding Father

I knew the early history of Cincinnati involved some legal disputes about property claims but I just recently learned how fascinating the story is, that parts of Cincinnati were the subject of a land scam that probably remains the largest … Continue reading

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Was Arnold’s A Brothel?

I’ve been increasingly curious about the original owner of 210 E. 8th. She was a single woman named Susan Fawcett who does not appear to have been a member of a prominent or otherwise established family. She bought the land … Continue reading

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