History of the Northside in Cincinnati

Posted By on February 25, 2011

Cincinnati is one of the older cities in the US and as with All Older Cities comes a Rich History. Potterhill Homes recently opened up a Community in Historical Northside. As a Cincinnati Native, I thought it would be nice to take some time and explore the history of this great Neighborhood in Cincinnati. It’s all too often that we live in a city where we don’t know the History!

 

-Northside, Cincinnati-

After the American revolution, the new American nation was weak and poor.  The government promoted the development of the western lands to strengthen the nation.  One of the first areas targeted was the Ohio territory.  Its flat fertile land being well suited to farming and transportation and the Ohio river providing easy access. A Man by the Name of Israel Ludlow (Hence Ludlow Avenue) was hired to Survey this area. He was compensated for his work by being given a parcel of land by the Mill Station, where he settled. People started settling into this area, known as mill station, By Mill Creek. This was at the intersection of two Indian trails. However, since the Indian wars were going on during this time(Circa 1790), this area was not too safe.  Therefore, Real settling did not occur till after the Treaty of Greenville was signed bringing an end to the Indian wars.The settlers renamed the Indian trails after generals Arthur St. Clair and Anthony Wayne.  St Clair’s Trace followed the path of what is now Hamilton Avenue and Wayne’s Trace followed along the Mill Creek down to the Ohio and Licking rivers on what is now Spring Grove Avenue.At this time this area was like any other normal New Settled area, a few residents, several homes, a tavern and a few Businesses. It wasn’t until the 1820’s and the introduction of the Miami-Erie Canal that a real population started to develop.  Growth continued with the installation of the CH&D (Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton) railroad. Cumminsville started to gain a reputation as a place where Cincinnatians could get away from the city. In 1873 Cumminsville was annexed by the city of Cincinnati. Cumminsville grew and prospered in the coming years, experiencing steady growth up through the 1920s.  A wealthy citizenry supported high quality shops, merchants, and manufacturing, and Cumminsville continued to be a place for Cincinnatians to escape to.  At one point, the business area called Knowlton’s Corner was one of the busiest commercial areas in Cincinnati. Around 1974, the construction of Interstate 74 divided Cumminsville into North and South Cumminsville, and in the 1980s, North Cumminsville became known as Northside. Today, there is a healthy business environment, an active community council and a unified religious community.  Northside boasts a business association that is more than a century old.

For a complete History Of The Northside In history Visit www.cincy.com or http://www.northside.net.

A City with such great History it is with Great pleasure that Potterhill Homes Found some Land and was Able to Build a Beautiful Community, Northwind, within the history rich Area of Northside!

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Katie has been with Potterhill Homes for over 3 years. She works on the technical side at Potterhill Homes, maintaining the website and assisting in Marketing Campaigns. She Currently resides in Cincinnati where she enjoys shopping and watching sports.

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Katie has been with Potterhill Homes for over 3 years. She works on the technical side at Potterhill Homes, maintaining the website and assisting in Marketing Campaigns. She Currently resides in Cincinnati where she enjoys shopping and watching sports.