November 30, 2020

Pic Gallery: Along the Cincinnati Riverfront

A Picture Gallery: Along the Cincinnati Riverfront

This past weekend, we got some much needed respite with a quick trip over to southern Ohio. On Saturday, we saw Paul Simon in concert, and then Sunday spent some leisurely hours walking along the Ohio River at Smale Riverfront Park. It’s a delightful venue, with spectacular views of the river, the Cincinnati skyline, and the city of Covington, Kentucky. There are magnificent gardens and a host of things for kids and families to do in the park. It sits between Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park, where Cincinnati’s Bengals and Reds play. Parking was easy and reasonable, and the weather was hot but clear and perfect for picture taking.

One of the famous landmarks is the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, which saw its first traffic in January of 1867. At that time, its central span of 1057 feet was the longest in the world. Roebling, according to his biography, “was a brilliant engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He designed bridges, buildings and machines, kept his own financial journals, and in his spare time studied and wrote about science and philosophy and played the violin and piano.

In his lifetime John A. Roebling became the world’s greatest suspension bridge engineer and started a manufacturing business that prospered through four generations.” His next project after the Cincinnati-Covington bridge would make him famous forever — a bridge across the East River connecting New York City and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge.

Today, I hope you enjoy looking at a few pictures from our stroll around the park on Sunday.

(Click on each picture for larger image)


  1. Dad Mercer says

    It’s early, son, but did I read that the Cleveland Browns now play in Cincinnati?

  2. Thanks for the proxy tour, CM. Nice pics, next best thing to going there myself, which I’m not likely to do. The magnificent old bridge and skyscrapers in the midst of sterile big box glass cubes would be good illustration for Mike the G’s investigation into the difference between brain and soul. Is Paul Simon still wearing a fedora?

  3. Ron Avra says

    It appears to have been a weekend well spent. Hope it sticks with you for a bit.

  4. petrushka1611 says

    Well, hot diggity. I was meandering around Covington and the Roebling Bridge on Saturday. We just missed each other.

  5. Your photography is always a marvel, CM. Thanks for sharing these pics.

  6. My son spent two years there and recently moved back to Pittsburgh. They have a great Natural History museum in an old train station.

    Also, John Roebling had a connection to Pittsburgh, having built a few bridges there and founding the town of Saxonburg early in his life. An excellent book to read on John and his son Washington is the Great Bridge by James McCullough. Interesting to note that John only made it through the planning stages of the Brooklyn Bridge before getting his foot crushed by a barge while surveying for the bridge. Because of his stubbornness and controlling personality when it came to addressing his injury he ended up contracting jaundice and dying. His son Washington was the true engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge. And he was crippled too because of nitrogen in his blood (the bends) due to his descent and ascent from the Caissons when building the tower foundations.

    • Thanks for filling in the story, Jeff.

    • Adam Tauno Williams says

      Decompression Sickness wasn’t really qualified until 1900; although one of the next American mega-projects would use air-locks to reduce the effects of DCS [the Downtown Hudson Tubes railroad tunnels in ~1890].

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      My son spent two years there and recently moved back to Pittsburgh. They have a great Natural History museum in an old train station.

      I’ll be in downtown Pittsburgh in a couple weeks. Where is this “Natural History museum in an old train station”? The only “old train station” I remember downtown is the old Pennsylvania RR building (now luxury apartments) next to the current Amtrak and Greyhound stations. Could you be talking about the “Heinz Museum” across the railroad bridges from the Convention Center?

      • HUG,

        Actually the history museum I was referring to is in Cincinnati – since that was the subject … but you may get to see the remnants (garbage) of the Parade for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their STANLEY CUP WIN… sorry, it was an awesome game…. aside from that, no new additions in the Burgh….

        CM… if you are ever wandering about down in the south western part of Ohio again and decide to cross the river to Kentucky I recommend the Mammoth cave tours… was just there in May on my way to Nashville…. very cool.

        • Headless Unicorn Guy says

          Two years ago I was staying at the Renaissance, just across the river from Pittsburgh’s BIG stadiums. And there was a baseball home game almost every night I was there. Streets full of fans flowing past vendors and scalpers towards & across the bridge, fireworks rocking the room at night…

  7. Burro [Mule] says
  8. I wondered why the name Roebling was familiar to me when I started to read your piece and then you mentioned the Brooklyn Bridge. I realised then that I had seen the name in an episode of “The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World” on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. I marvelled at how he, then his son overcome problems in the setting of the foundations and used the caisson for construction. It was a story of tragedy and triumph against the odds. He certainly belongs in the pantheon of great engineers, along with Isambard Kingdom Brunel who together built some of the finest engineering marvels we see today.

    • John’s son Washington can be credited with the caissons as he went over to Europe and also observed a bridge project in St. Louis using said caissons… check out the book I referenced above… it is a fascinating read for those who love history and how things work…. the book also mentions the Cincinnati bridge (and the Pittsburgh and Niagara Falls bridges)

  9. That bridge brings back a fond memory when I was studying in Lexington and we drove up for a Reds game, parking in Covington and walking across. I was never a big baseball fan. Went with our campus ministry director so I could “get time together.” Got so bored that another bored friend and I started walking up to complete strangers in the stands and pretend we had some history together. Like walking up to a man and saying, “Hey dude. How’ve you been? I haven’t seen you since graduation! How’s the family?” And then watch them squirm and pretend they know you too. But I digress again.