Named in 1790 in honor of ancient Roman Lucius Cincinnatus, a former consul and dictator, and of the Society of Cincinnati, a Revolutionary War association that had been founded by George Washington himself, Cincinnati has a history as rich and diverse as the near one million inhabitants it currently houses.

Originally a war post for whites against the native Ohio tribe, the town was an officially incorporated city in 1819 and began to economically thrive with the opening of the Miami Canal eight years later and the influx of Germans and Irish in the coming decade.

By middle of the 1800’s, Cincinnati was the international center for the packaging of pork.  An abolitionist hotbed as well, the city was a crucial stop along the Underground railroad and a place of heavy Union activity during the Civil War.  Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote most of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Cincinnati.

After the war, the population blossomed into six figures with increased riverboat and rail line trade.  Politically, the era was characterized by bossism and machine politics, though during this time William Howard Taft also became the first Cincinnatian elected President or appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Post Depression and World War boom flooded the area with increased development and population, as both the Reds and the Bengals opened for sports business along with multiple new arts venues and museums that currently to preserve the city’s past well into the future.