Cincinnati, Ohio, the state's third largest city and the seat of Hamilton County. It lies on a series of terraces and hills along the north bank of the Ohio River, in the southwestern corner of the state. On the terraces, known locally as the Basin, are the main industrial areas and the central business district. The hills are occupied by the city's residential sections.
Cincinnati is a major manufacturing and commercial center and a wholesale distribution point. Its products include soap, machine tools, chemicals, machinery, aircraft engines, processed foods, clothing, and printed matter.
Cincinnati is served by a number of major railways and airlines and three Interstate highways. The Ohio River is heavily used for shipping bulk freight, such as coal, oil, and chemicals. Several bridges connect the city with Covington, Newport, and other suburbs in Kentucky.
Downtown Cincinnati centers on Fountain Square with its Italian-made Tyler Davidson Fountain. Here are the Contemporary Arts Center and 48-story Carew Tower, the city's tallest building. Cincinnati has more than 80 parks. Eden Park and Ault Park are two of the most popular. The Cincinnati Zoo, which includes an insectarium and an aquarium, is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the United States. Great American Ball Park is home to the the Reds (professional baseball), and Paul Brown Stadium houses the Bengals (professional football).
There are many cultural attractions in Cincinnati. The Aronoff Center for the Arts houses three theaters, a rehearsal hall, and an art gallery. The Music Hall is the home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera; it also hosts the annual May Festival, a program of choral music. During the summer the symphony performs outdoors at the Riverbend Music Center. The Cincinnati Art Museum, in Eden Park, has exhibits spanning 5,000 years. Union Terminal, an Art Deco train station, has been converted into a cultural and entertainment center and houses the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. The art and antique collections of the Taft family are housed in the Taft Museum, a Federal style mansion built in 1820. Stowe House, where Harriet Beecher Stowe stayed while gathering material for her antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, contains original furnishings. The birthplace and boyhood home of William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States, is preserved as a national historic site.
The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819 by the city and now controlled by the state, is the city's largest institution of higher learning. Also here are Xavier University, founded in 1831. Hebrew Union College, founded in 1875, was the first institution of Jewish higher learning in the United States.