Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cincinnati's German Heritage
Cincinnati, along with Milwaukee and St. Louis, is one of the three corners of the "German Triangle," so-called for its historically high concentration of German-American residents. During the 19th century, Cincinnati was both a destination for immigrants to the tri-state area and a hub from which many groups of Germans moved inland to settle new Ohio communities - many along the Miami and Erie canal corridor which began here. German-Americans have greatly influenced the social, cultural, economic and political life of the Cincinnati area. At the turn of the 21st century, approximately half of Cincinnati's population was of German descent.
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The first Germans arrived in Cincinnati in 1788, and after 1795 Martin Baum, known as the father of German immigration to Cincinnati, recruited many early German arrivals. In 1802 American Revolution veteran Major David Ziegler became Cincinnati's first mayor. Mass migration began in the 1830s with Cincinnati's boom in the meatpacking and shipping industries, especially from northern Germany. It accelerated after the 1848 Revolution in Prussia, and many of the refugees, or "forty-eighters," assumed community leadership roles here. The last major wave of German immigration were Danube-Swabians
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, German-American Citizens' League of Greater Cincinnati, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 22-31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 6.003′ N, 84° 29.92′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Touch for map. Marker is along the Ohio River in Sawyer Point Park, about 100 feet ESE of the Cincinnatus statue, and about 170 feet east of the Newport Southbank pedestrian bridge (former Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge). Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sultana (here, next to this marker); The Irish in Cincinnati (a few steps from this marker); The Black Brigade of Cincinnati 1749 French Claims to Ohio River Valley (a few steps from this marker); Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Corporal Merrill Laws Ricketts Marine Corps Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert S. Duncanson (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
Also see . . . Germans in Ohio. (Submitted on November 16, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,864 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.