Settled in 1788, Cincinnati is a major city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the government seat of Hamilton County. It is located at the northern side of the confluence of the Licking and Ohio rivers, the latter of which marks the state line with Kentucky.
The city is the economic and cultural hub of the Cincinnati metropolitan area, the fastest growing economic power in the Midwestern United States based on increase of economic output. It is Ohio’s largest metropolitan area and the nation’s 29th-largest. Cincinnati is the third-largest city in Ohio and 64th in the United States.
A series of photos from Michael G Smith taken between 1939 and 1941 by his grandfather Nelson Ronsheim compared with photos of the same location that he took in 2009. How much has Cincinnati changed in 70 years?
|Cinncinnati and Over-the-Rhine from the vicinity of the Walker St. dead end. Salem United Church of Christ is nearest, then Old St. Mary's Church. Original photo by Nelson Ronsheim October 1940. 2009 photo by Michael G Smith|
|Laurel St. (now Ezzard Charles) looking west toward Union Terminal. Original photo April 1939 by Nelson Ronsheim. 2009 photo by Michael G Smith|
|Looking down Monastery St. toward downtown. Original photo by Nelson Ronsheim December 1939. 2009 photo by Michael G Smith|
|Mt Adams as seen from from the old reservoir. Original photo January 1942 by Nelson Ronsheim. 2009 photo by Michael G Smith|
|Overlooking Boal St. from above, in the distance is Holy Cross Monastery in Mt. Adams. Original photo by Nelson Ronsheim April 1941. 2009 photo by Michael G Smith|
|The 5th St. Viaduct in downtown Cincinnati frames a steam locomotive on Eggleston Ave. Original photo by Nelson Ronsheim, November 1940. 2009 photo by Michael G Smith|
|The corner of E. Liberty Street (now known as Liberty Hill) and Highland Avenue. Original photo May 1939 by Nelson Ronsheim. 2009 photo by Michael G Smith|