The Inclines of Cincinnati (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
The Inclines of Cincinnati (Images of Rail)

On a summer evening, the overlook at the Rookwood Pottery inMount Adams will be visited by at least a few, as it is one of themost romantic and fascinating hilltop vantage points in Cincinnati.One hundred years ago, though, this was the place to see and beseen. The fashionable Highland House, a world-class entertainmentcomplex, put Cincinnati on the cultural map, and the city becameknown as "the Paris of America." Every weekend, crowds of thousandsof hardworking Cincinnatians watched their worries disappear as thestreets grew smaller, the city came into focus, and they werelifted on the Mount Adams Incline toward the Highland House and thepromise of a cool drink, a good meal, and a night of dancing underthe stars. At one time, five of these hillside railroads carriedCincinnati citizens and tourists alike to the peaks of Mount Adams,Mount Auburn, Clifton, and Price Hill. When were the inclinesbuilt? Why did they disappear? And why were none of them saved? TheInclines of Cincinnati examines these questions through historicimages, some never before published, of the inclines and theirhilltop resorts.Melissa Kramer, a Cincinnati native and enthusiast of localhistory, is a journalism student at the University of Cincinnati.The Inclines of Cincinnati is her first book.