Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Railroad Approaches to Cincinnati, OH, 1875 Part three

This is the third of a three part series on the routes taken to Cincinnati via railroad.

All trains over the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railroad pass through the suburbs as follows:
Xenia—65 miles, with 8,000 inhabitants. A beautiful town. The train passes the town on the left. The Springfield Branch of the Little Miami joins the main line here, as does also the Dayton and Western Branch.
Morrow—36 miles, with 1,500 inhabitants. The train passes through the middle of the town. A very handsome place, surrounded by a beautifully picturesque country. The residence of many officials • of the Little Miami Railroad.
Loveland—Described under Approach No. 3.
Branch Hill—20 miles, with 500 inhabitants; adjoins Symmes Station on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad. The Little Miami River flows between the two places, and they are connected by a handsome suspension-bridge. The scenery in this vicinity is charming.
Miamiville—17 miles, with about 600 inhabitants. A purely rural village.
Camp Dennison—16 miles, with 400 inhabitants. \ A place well known as barracks and rendezvous during the war. The storehouses, hospitals, and dwellings built by the Government are now turned to business purposes.
Milford—14 miles, with 2,000 inhabitants. A handsome, lively suburb, situated on the left bank of the Little Miami River.
Gravelotte—13 miles. The whole distance between this place and Milford is dotted with handsome residences.
Plainville—9 miles, with about 200 inhabitants. Situated on the Little Miami River.
Linwood—6 miles, also the station for Mount Washington. The latter lies three miles to the east on the highlands, and boasts of many beautiful landscape views. An omnibus connects with the trains.
Columbia—4J miles. A station within the city, in the first ward, situate on the bank of the Ohio. The hills of Kentucky, with the villages of Dayton and Bellevue, on the opposite bank of the river, can be seen to the left. The train now passes through suburbs called Tusculum, Delta, and Pendleton, which form one continuous street to the depot. At the latter place, the high hills on the right mark the boundary of Eden Park. At Pendleton are situated the locomotive works, round-house, and general car-shops of the Little Miami Railroad. Just before entering the depot, the City Water Works Building is seen on the Jeft.

All trains over the Louisville, Cincinnati, and Lexington Railroad pass through the suburbs as follows:
Worthville—20 miles, with about 1,500 inhabitants. Settled in a thickly populated section of country.
South Covington—4 miles, with 1,000 inhabitants. A very beautiful suburb.
Newport—1 mile, with 26,000 inhabitants.
The train now crosses the Ohio River on an iron bridge 3,000 feet in length and 105 feet above low water level. To the left, while crossing the bridge, are seen on the Kentucky side the Newport Military Station, the mouth of the Licking River, and the palatial residence of Amos Shinkle, Esq. On the Cincinnati side a fine view of the levee or public landing, in the centre of which is seen the Union Bethel Building. Down the river a splendid view of the great Suspension Bridge. After crossing the bridge the train sweeps to the right on a curve, and goes down-grade at the rate of 105 feet to the mile, over a fine causeway or trestlework 800 feet in length. Passes the City "Water Works Building, and then backs into the depot.

The Little Miami Railroad Depot, Kilgour and Front Streets, is within 20 minutes' ride or 15 minutes' walk of the Post-office. Erected in 1851. Length, 450 feet; width, 60 feet. Has ladies' and gentlemen's waiting-rooms and dining-rooms and telegraph on second floor. Eating and news-stand stand on platiorm-floor. Sidings will accommodate 400 freight cars. Every twenty-four hours 13 passenger and 9 freight trains arrive, and the same number depart from the depot.
The Kentucky Central Depot is the terminus of the Kentucky Central Railroad. All trains over the Kentucky Central Railroad pass through the suburbs as follows:
Falmouth, Ky.—40 miles, with 1,000 inhabitants. Situated handsomely between the Licking River and its south fork.
Boston, Ky.—301 miles, with 200 inhabitants. Picturesquely situated on the west bank of the Licking River.
Butler, Ky.—28 miles, with about 300 inhabitants. A handsome village on the Licking.
Canton, Ky.—14 miles, with 100 inhabitants. A new place, pleasantly located on the Licking.
Covington, Ky.—1J miles, with 36,000 inhabitants. A line of omnibuses (fare 50 cents) and street cars (fare 10 cents) connect with the city.

The Kentucky Central Depot, Eighth and Washington Streets, is within 15 minutes' drive of the Post-office. The depot accommodations are rather limited, but there is a waiting-room, telegraph office, and lunch-counter. Every twenty-four hours 3 passenger and 2 freight trains arrive, and the same number depart from the depot. The round-house, which is a fine building, can house 30 locomotives. The siding will accommodate 500 freight cars. Offices in the second story of the depot.

Kentucky Central Depot

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