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An early painting by John
Caspar Wild
, c. 1835
Early painting from what
would become Devou Park
The Mouth of the
Licking, 1846


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An 1853 painting by Edwin Beyer


Harpers Weekly Published this view of
Cincinnati, with lots of detail of the Covington
area, on June 24, 1876.
It was drawn by Schell and Hogan, from a
sketch by C. A. Vanderhoof.
A painting from 1855. Notice the number and
variations of the river traffic - steam boats, a
steam ferry, at least two kinds of flatboats - and
a large number of steamers on the Cincinnati side.


View of Cincinnati from Covington, Kentucky c. 1851. Oil painting by Robert S. Duncanson. View of Cincinnati, Ohio by J. W. Steel, from a daguerreotype in Graham's Magazine, 1848

Duncanson, a noted Afro-American painter, changed a few details from the earlier image: In the Steel image, there is a couple admiring the view; in the Duncanson, it's a pair of laborers; in the Steel, there's a white man with a rifle; while the Duncanson shows a black man with a scythe; there's a white woman hanging out wash in the Steel, but a black woman in the Duncanson. Read more about Duncanson at this site.

“Looking across the river, which at low water mark is, perhaps, a third of a mile wide, to the
Kentucky side, one sees, on the right bank of the Licking River, the city of Covington, a mass
of black factories and tall chimneys, from which smoke is always ascending, and spreading
out over the valley.” from Captain Willard Glazier's Peculiarities of American Cities, 1885.


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Covington Aerial, c. 1878


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Looking West Covington and Newport, 1910 from Cincinnati, 1930


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Bird's Eye Views of Covington, 1908
right, We know that the hill in the foreground was at one time a vineyard, and the
big red brick building below was a distillery.


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Aerial from 1959 Early Aerial of Covington


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These are the far left and far right end, only, of a much larger engraving of the Cincinnati
river front in 1900 by famous counterfeiter and engraver Charles Ulrich. Read more about it, at this site.


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Dixie Highway in the extreme lower right


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Bavarian Brewery and the neighborhood. That's South Main Street running left to upper right; Dixie Highway at the bottom. 


That's St. Patrick's Church and School. The church faced Philadelphia Street; the school's on the s.w. corner of 4th & Philadelphia. Bavarian's property is just barely in the shot at the far right. While these are photos taken for Bavarian, note that the plant is barely visible in the lower right. Also, understand that literally every building in these middle two images no longer stands.

Bavarian Plant #1 is seen at the bottom, and Pike Street is seen at the top.



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The C&O Bridge, Along the
Ohio River, January, 1956
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(the white lines show
the proposed IRS Center)
I-75 Construction -
looking south


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Downtown Covington, c. 1959


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Aerial View of Covington, 1968


Covington Riverfront


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The defunct Jefferson Street Exit on I-75
The bottom of the I-75 hill was rebuilt. It had acquired a nickname: Death Hill


Looking south, from the
Suspension Bridge, c. 1970
Looking south, from the
Suspension Bridge, c. 1940


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Aerial Views of Covington, c. 1930's


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Paintings from Devou by Charles Meurer, 1932


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from Devou Park Bird's eye view of
Covington, c. 1935
Real color Aerial from 1954
Thanks to Dr. Richard Cardosi for this one



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Covington Aerials which are likely older than you think!


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Newer Aerials


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1930 1937, from a Magic Lantern slide
from Facebook post by Robert Richshafer


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1953 Covington Riverfront, 1959


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Covington Aerial Brent Spence Construction Covington Riverfront Aerial

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Relatively newer aerial views

Suspension Bridge

A 1914 Panorama
from a Brian Schlosser Facebook post



A photo of Cincinnati and Covington, circa 1866



Actually Cincinnati, but a mate of sorts to the above image. 
This one's from a daguerreotype from 1848, taken from Newport
That's the Public Landing on the far left. This is two miles of riverfront.
The detail on the original is such that it would take a 140,000 megapixel camera to replicate it.