It is a challenge to find signs and places that begin with Q. This post only has one. So, for fun, I am also adding a Quirky Quickies section to the post…a number of quirky or otherwise interesting photos from the road that didn’t really fit into any of my other A to Z Challenge posts. It will be a quick read with quaint and quirky and maybe even quizzical signs. I hope they quench your travel fancy. Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.
The Queen City, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati is a beautiful city. I really love taking trips up to this beautiful city on the Ohio River. The city has been nicknamed The Queen City and the Queen of the West since around 1820, only a few short years after the city was incorporated in 1802 (the city was first settled in the 1780s). One possible birth of this nickname likely came from writer Ed B. Cooke of the (then) Inquisitor and Cincinnati Advertiser wherein he wrote in the May 4, 1819 edition of the paper:
“The City is, indeed, justly styled the fair Queen of the West: distinguished for order, enterprise, public spirit, and liberality, she stands the wonder of an admiring world.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow also mentioned it in his poem Catawba.
Quirky and Quick Signs From the Road
A fun little view of some of the more offbeat things I see while on the road
Like what you see? Well, there is lots more! I currently have two books about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips. You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!
Had a wonderful (but hot) Father’s Day 2018. My wife asked me what I wanted to do, and I said I wanted to take a trip to Cincinnati and visit the downtown area for fun. Cincinnati is one of those cities that has a great skyline to photograph.
So, before we went, I looked for places that we could get good views of Cincinnati. In the past, I have taken shots from across the river in Newport, KY and a couple of other spots, but I wanted something more unique.
Our first stop was in Devou Park, east of Cincinnati and across the Ohio River in Covington, KY. Devou Park sits up on a big hill and offers some wonderful views of the city.
After Devou Park we headed downtown for another chance to see the city.
Enter the Carew Tower. The Carew Tower is a 49-story, 574-foot Art Deco building completed in 1930 in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront.the city. It overlooks the Cincinnati waterfront and offers a panoramic view of the city. It is the second tallest building in the city, but was the tallest until 2010 when the Great American Tower was completed. It is 86 ft higher than Carew Tower, but Carew Tower is actually still the highest elevated building in the city so viewers from the observation deck can look down on the Great American.
Historically, the Carew Tower was built in 1929/1930 in an Art Deco style with the idea to have a hotel, a shopping area, etc. Basically, a city within a city. It was named after Joseph T. Carew, who founded the Mabley & Carew Department Store Chain. We didn’t have the opportunity to look inside the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, but probably should have as there are a number of massive murals inside the building as well as some immaculately ornate rooms. This deserves a next trip!!
That said, the highlight was the view from the top. Enter the hotel from the parking lot on the second floor and take the elevator, an express zoom up to the 45th floor. Once off that elevator, its a short walk around a corner to a much smaller (and older) elevator which takes you to the 48th floor and then a few steps up to the 49th. Pay your $4 fee and step out to a spectacular view, one that lets you look over the river to Kentucky and way west into Indiana. Following are a few of the shots I got from the top:
ENJOY THE RIDE! CHOOSE HAPPY!
If you like what you see, you may want to check out my book: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names, available on Amazon. My second book, Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, is currently being worked on and I hope to make it available in late June or mid -July 2018. Click on the photo below for more details or to get a copy of the book.