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Its strategic location on the Ohio River made Cincinnati a key 19th Century point of migration to the American frontier, and earned it the name Gateway to the West. It later adopted as its official designation The Queen City, the title supplied in 1854 by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The city is situated in the southwest corner of Ohio on the north bank of the Ohio where it is joined by the Miami and Licking rivers. It is a city of hills surrounding the downtown basin area. Cincinnati is the center of transportation, industry, commerce, communications, and culture for a sprawling metropolitan area encompassing parts of three states--southern Ohio, northern Kentucky, southeastern Indiana--with a population of 1.8 million.The character of the city was shaped by the river and by the influx of German and Irish immigrants in the 1800s.

Once one of the worlds leading centers of coal distribution, it remains a major port for the transport of raw materials and manufactured products. Cincinnatis diversified economy is based on the manufacture of a wide range of products; soaps, toiletries, foods, aircraft engines, machine tools, steel, plastics, paper, automotive transmissions, and greeting cards. It is corporate headquarters of several companies, notably the manufacturer which emerged from humble beginnings to become one of the worlds premier marketers. It all started, wrote Cincinnati historian Dick Perry, because William Procter and James Gamble, as brothers-in-law, set up a partnership in 1837 to make and sell soap and candles to Cincinnati, hawking each days output from a wheelbarrow pushed door to door. The area is served by the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, three railroads, and three major interstate freeways.

The city site was originally Losantiville, established in 1788. Settlers arrived in large number when nearby Fort Washington was built a year later. In 1790 the community was named Cincinnati in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, a group of military officers in the American Revolution. Cincinnati was incorporated in 1819 and became an important center of north-south commerce. The city was later linked to the Great Lakes by the Miami and Erie Canal. In the Civil War it provided critical support to the Underground Railroad which transported runaway slaves to freedom. In 1870 it became the birthplace of Reform Judaism in America.

Points of interest are the renovated Fountain Square Plaza, a Cincinnati landmark dominated by The Tyler Davidson Fountain; the Museum Center at the Union Terminal; the Art Museum; the Music Hall, home of the Cincinnati Symphony and the citys opera ; and ballet companies; the Zoo; the William Howard Taft National Historical Site, where the birthplace of the nations 27th president is preserved; the Riverbend Music Center, an amphitheater overlooking the Ohio River; and the Tall Stacks museum of 19 riverboats, biggest collection of vintage steamboats in the world. It is the home of the Reds, the oldest professional baseball club, and the Bengals NFL team


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