It had been several years since we had been to the Cincinnati History Museum located in Museum Center. Our original plan was to view the Christmas train display that has been presented since 1946 (See last slide show below) .
But the museum wisely had visitors circle through the main displays before reaching the seasonal display. It was there that we spent most of our time, in the display entitled Cincinnati in Motion. What a great way for a city to remember it’s history than through this miniature display of the city from 1900 through the 1940’s.
There was the bustling riverfront with its paddlewheelers like The Island Queen, famous buildings like Music Hall, and the old Crosley Field, the home to the Cincinnati Reds from 1912 thru 1970. The public landing is there along with the Roebling Suspension Bridge, and even the historic Union Terminal - the very building in which you are standing. Proctor and Gam bell’s Ivorydale plant, Spring Grove Cemetery, the second largest cemetery in the country and the engineering feat - the Incline up to Mt. Adams.
And through this whole display were the trains - the transportation of the era, moving people and goods in a bustling economy.