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OTR and the Old Days


I am embarrassed to say that I have lived in Cincinnati all my life and while I currently spend a lot of time in the “new” OTR, I have not been terribly immersed in the history here. That all changed a couple of weeks ago when I went with a group of family and friends to the Queen City Underground tour. It was amazing to listen to the narrative and walk along through old buildings, churches and tunnels–there were points where I felt as though I was traveling back in time and could imagine what it would have been like to live back then. The whole day felt like a peek behind the scenes and I now have a greater appreciation for the history that exists here. My “fun fact” (and warning–kind of disgusting fact) is that the reason women carried umbrellas on the sidewalk was because they were avoiding people emptying their “waste pails” (remember, there was no indoor plumbing) out their windows. This is where the idea that opening an umbrella inside was bad luck–opening a soiled umbrella in the house definitely had the makings of a disaster. There is some stunning architecture in this city, there is definitely a whole other world in the basements and tunnels, and it is amazing how long OTR has been around and how much has survived. I HIGHLY recommend this tour–you can find out more information here: or

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