Covington in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Named for Henry Ritte's saloon at five-corner intersection, this area has been hub of Latonia commerce since 1880s, when original Latonia racetrack (1883-1939), one block away, started. The opening of a section of Covington and Lexington R. R. in 1854 initiated area as a rail crossroads. Electric street car service began in 1890s.
This five-street intersection provided a variety of shops, flats, saloons, restaurants, and banks. The Weber/Ritte Building at 3634 DeCoursey housed Weber's grocery/saloon by 1890, and Ritte's saloon from 1899 to 1927. Buildings at intersection comprise Ritte's Corner Historic District.
Erected 1994 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1939.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3634 DeCoursey Avenue, Latonia KY 41015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Latonia Race Track (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holy Cross Parish (about 600 feet away); Holmes High School / Homesdale Estate (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (approx. one mile away); Fort Wright (approx. 1.8 miles away); Veteran's Monument (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sons of Union Veterans Monument (approx. 1.9 miles away); Spanish-American War Monument (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
Also see . . . Asset Detail | Ritte's Corner Historic District. National Register of Historic Places registration form (PDF) and photographs (PDF). (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.