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I took this picture on my recent trip to Cincinnati, OH. The most interesting place I found is called Mount Adams. Topography, architecture, and history combine to give Mt. Adams a unique atmosphere and focus among Cincinnati's legendary hills and neighborhoods. It is one of our favorite sections of the city.
Originally called Mt. Ida, the name was changed in 1843 to honor President John Quincy Adams, who visited to dedicate the Cincinnati Observatory. At the time, it was the most powerful observatory in the United States. In the early 1800s, this hill was the site of the Nicholas Longworth Vineyard. The Catawba grape was developed here, and from it came America's first champagne, Golden Wedding. For a brief period of time, Mt. Adams was the center of winemaking in America.

In the mid-19th century, many German and Irish immigrants settled on Mt. Adams, building their homes to conform to the steep topography from wood and stone, which was quarried nearby. The Mt. Adams Incline, which operated from 1874 to 1948, carried residents from their homes to downtown Cincinnati.

Today, Mt. Adams retains much of its historic quaintness and charm. It is a neighborhood of narrow winding streets; well-maintained, old homes and gardens; spectacular views; and an eclectic assortment of shops and restaurants. Many artists and craftsmen make their homes here.

To learn more, go to www.mtadamstoday.com.

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