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Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls

 
 
Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
1. Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls Marker
Inscription.  These foundation walls date from at least the 1840s and represent the foundations of two global corporations which are also local icons.

In the early years of the City, this site was occupied by a number of small buildings until the arrival of Thomas Emery who established his lamp oi1 and candle works here in 1840. The probable date of these foundations is during this era. Emery occupied this site for over 40 years, moving to a new location on Mill Creek after massive floods in 1883 and 1884. Emery's business grew and later expanded into real estate. Their projects included the Carew Tower and the planned community of Mariemont among others. The company is known today as Emery Oleochemicals.

As shown in the 1904 Sanborn Map, one of Kroger's earliest production facilities later occupied this location. Kroger has since grown into the world's 5th largest retailer and the nation's largest grossing supermarket chain.

After Kroger left the site in 1960, the city acquired the property for parking space at Riverfrot Stadium. The Park Board opened this transformed space as an addition to Smale Riverfront Park in 2015.

Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
2. Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls and Marker
Here the foundation walls are in the foreground, with the back of the marker visible in the center background.

 
Location. 39° 5.705′ N, 84° 30.647′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from West Mehring Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 166 West Mehring Way, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World’s Largest Chime Foot Piano (within shouting distance of this marker); 1 West Vine Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The Berlin Wall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ernie Lombardi (approx. ¼ mile away); Frank Robinson (approx. ¼ mile away); Cincinnati Reds (approx. ¼ mile away); Joe Nuxhall (approx. ¼ mile away); Ted Kluszewski (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Smale Riverfront Park, on the west side of the foot of the bridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. The History of Kroger (Kroger). In 1883, Barney Kroger invested his life savings of $372 to open a grocery store at 66 Pearl Street in downtown Cincinnati. The son of a merchant, he ran his business with a simple motto: “Be particular. Never sell anything you would not want yourself.” (Submitted on December 23, 2019.) 

2. History (Emery Oleochemicals). "Emery Oleochemicals is today recognised for the successful development of high quality, natural-based chemicals - a business that began from a store-front that manufactured and produced tallow for oil lamps in Cincinnati
Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls and Marker - overhead view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
3. Emery and Kroger Historic Foundation Walls and Marker - overhead view
View taken from the bridge. The marker is visible in the upper left of the picture.
in 1840. ..." (Submitted on December 23, 2019.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Marker inset picture image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2016
4. Marker inset picture
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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