Hand colored photo from 1915 Original title: Mount Adams incline Photographer: Detroit Publishing Location: 64 Lock street (Replaced by the interstate), Cincinnati, OH
This was the Mount Adams incline, built in 1872, shown here in around 1915. It was used for over 75 years, demolished in 1948, to make room for a huge interstate. It wasn't free to ride, converted to today's dollars it cost around $2-$4 each way. And that didn't include the streetcar fare. But the lift wasn't limited to just streetcars, people and wagons could use the service, and later on in the 1940's, cars did too.
Now and then you'll find someone hitching a ride underneath, which was very dangerous.
Despite being convenient, and that it ran for 75 years, it wasn't that popular, it was more of an attraction than anything else. It gave great views of the city, but it was noisy and the power plant ran on coal which polluted the air.
The top would have resorts and restaurants, at one point they could shove a 1000 people into a resort at once. On the left you can see Rookwood pottery, which opened in 1880, closed in 1967, then opened again in 2004, its still there today. On the right is the Sterling Glass co, and peeking up behind that is a monastery that is now a restaurant.
I sure hope that guy working on the tracks got out of the way in time.
Many of these houses are still on the top ridge today, the tracks are long gone, but the platforms are still mostly there. Everything from that yellow house I think, and down, is the interstate.
May 7th, 2023
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