street scenes

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Fairfield Avenue, May, 1911 An overly colorized, but really
detailed shot of Bellevue (or, “Bellvue,”
as it's spelled on the card)
Bellevue Business District


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Bellevue Depot
On Retreat St., that's the
Washington Ave. overpass
 on the right

Ms. Katie Memmer ran the
C & O Station in Bellevue.
 At the end of Retreat Street.

29 passengers went over this embankment
at the Mill Bottom, between Newport and
Bellevue,  February 15, 1901.   They
re-built the trolley car, and ran it
for 38 more years. Details


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The work of J. W. Clark, photographer, 427 Clark  Street


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A View up Clark
 Street, Bellevue

443 Clark Street, Bellevue, 1913 
Notice the vehicle the boy is riding
Thanks! to K. Sutkamp for this one.



The Bonnie Leslie Trolley stop



Before the Fill
Note the water filled basin.

The area now filled with businesses on the west side of Bellevue, back from the river, you'll frequently hear referred to as “the fill.” We've read that years ago it was a big empty gully, used as a trash dump. It was a popular place to dump the ashes that resulted from the burning of coal most people used to heat their homes in those days. A lot of debris from the I-75 construction was used to fill it in, during the late 1950's. But as this early map shows, it was also full of backwater from the Ohio. And that looks like a race track of some kind south of it.

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Band Wagon showing officials of the parade and the speakers.  They are Arthur Hindman, Newport Commissioner; Fred Bassman, attorney and one of the principal speakers; Dr. J. W. Thomasson, chairman of the Northern Kentucky Auto Club, Hubbard Schwartz, Dayton attorney and speaker; William T. Calerdine, Cincinnati Auto Club Trustee and one of the speakers; George Herold, Bellevue City Attorney; Mayor Fred L. McCLane, Newport;  and Mayor Clem Wiethorn, Bellevue.


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Officials Autos and two motorcycle policemen, who escorted the parade through the main streets of Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton Auto of Miss Alice Collins, first place, Crittenden, Kentucky Auto of F. W. Petri, Bellevue Florist, Second Prize

These four pictures are from the Grand Opening of the road across “The Fill” from Bellevue to Newport, November 7, 1929.   Full story, with the parade route, is here.

Before “The Fill,” there was the bridge.


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Knights of Pythias and Blake's Opera House A later City Hall


Cincinnati businessman Julius Balke's Opera House was built in 1884.  It housed the mayor's office and had three storefronts on the ground floor, an auditorium on the second floor, and the Knight's of Pythias meeting area on the third.  An opera house in this era rarely staged operas, but hosted a wide variety of traveling shows, local talent shows, and just a wide variety of uses for which an auditorium might be useful.  The building was torn down in 1964.


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In the famous double play combination of Tinkers to Evars to Chance, who was the third baseman the made up the fourth member of the infielder?  Why, Bellevue's own Harry Steinfeldt, whose impressive major league record is at this site.  Bellevue's Eddie Hunter played 3 innings for the Reds in 1933: no errors, no at bats.

The Kansas City team in baseball's old Federal League moving to Bellevue.


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Gallagher Home,
1921, at 503 Ward
from a Facebook post by Catherine Ross
239 Ward
photo by J. W. Clark
Ward Avenue,
Ward Avenue,


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  sw corner of Fairfield & Ward (now the site of St. John's Church of Christ) Home on Van Voast - before and after remodeling.
  From Facebook posts by Doug Hils

Bellevue Scene

The Bellevue Depot
At the eastern-most end of Retreat Street
Taken from the Grandview Bridge


Bellevue Scene

Looking southwest at Taylor and Grandview
From a Facebook post by John Engelman


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The Seiter House (on Berry), and the Foote-Fister House, (on Lincoln), are on the National Register of Historic Places. The applications (pdf) contain lots of images, history, and architectural details. Older House,
Van Voast
Avenue, Bellevue


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Cincinnati from the Bellevue shore, 1949


There are three Bellevue neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places. You'll find each one contains lots of images, history, and architectural details. Each is a pdf.

Fairfield Avenue
between LaFayette Ave. and O'Fallon
Bellevue Taylors' Daughters
Roughly bounded by O'Fallon Ave., Locust St., Retreat St., Clark St., Patchen Ave., and Fairfield Ave.


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Fairfield Avenue Scene Taylor Avenue Scene


Covert Run

Toll Gate at beginning of Covert Ridge, at Taylor Aveneue


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Covert Run Scene, and Tollgate


Bellevue Eagles

from the Bellevue Eagles
An invitation to a June 20, 1908 outing at Coney Island


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Bellevue Fire Department, 1941
List of the firemen is here.
Both engines are by Ahrens-Fox (Wikipedia)
Bellevue Fire Department,
Company #1
Located in a section of the Balke
Opera House at Fairfield and Berry


Bonnie Leslie Trestle

Trolley passing over the Bonnie Leslie trestle, on its way to Fort Thomas.
We've got the entire route in pictures for you at our pages here.
The image is from a Facebook post by the Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society

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The Bellevue The Florence Shanks
“The stern wheeler Bellevue was built in Levanna, Ohio in 1890.  It was built to replace an earlier steamboat, the Florence Shanks, which was too small for the task required.  The Bellevue ran from Dayton, to Bellevue, to Cincinnati and back., twice an hour.  Trolley's ran it out of business, although she was later used to haul stone between Cincinnati, and Moscow, Ohio. The Florence Shanks, which the Bellevue replaced, was built in 1888, and burned at the mouth of the Little Kanawha River in West Virginia in 1896.”  from Frederick Way Jr.'s encyclopedic Way's Packet Directory, 1848-1994

The Bellevue's boiler exploded in 1893, after it was put up for sale in 1892.


“The first house in Bellevue, Kentucky was erected six years ago. There are now one hundred and seventy buildings in the place.” Indianapolis News, November 8, 1872 The Ku Klux Klan in Bellevue, here.
David Schroeder has written on the history of Bellevue in the Northern Kentucky Magazine, at their site. George Robson and Robson's Row, in Bellevue, detailed at this site.
“The streets of this place are in a horrible condition, and in many places the mud is so deep that pedestrians are compelled to go about one square out of their way so as to find some kind of crossing to keep out of the mud.” from the Bellevue news in the Kentucky Journal, April 21, 1892. “Bellevue was lighted by gasoline last night for the first time.  The inhabitants are already putting on metropolitan airs, and refusing to recognize their next door neighbors.”
from Covington's The Ticket, November 20, 1875
Feud breaks out in Dayton and Bellevue. Five Shot. Covert Run controversy, 1924.
“Bellevue City Council has passed an ordinance limiting the number of cafes to be operated in the city at ten.” From The  Kentucky City, May, 1935
Gen. James Taylor was the recipient of a land grant, because of his war service, which included all of what is now Bellevue.  The General had four daughters, who married men named Foote, O'Fallon, Ward, and Van Voast, for whom he named the streets.  And the name of his family estate back in Virginia?  Fairfield.
The Enquirer's coverage of the 1884 Flood in Bellevue is here. Tornado Hits Bellevue, 1867, more here.


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This map shows the extent of the 1913
Flood in Bellevue, and is from Donald
Bauer's The Great Flood of 1913

1883 Map of Northern
Campbell County



Bellevue Shanty Boats


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Fairfield at Foote


Lewis' Notions and Dry
Goods, 411 Fairfield


Queen City Beach
 at the foot of Ward


John Kaltenbach,
First Class
Shoe Repairing, 502 Fairfield


The 1915 Tornado drops the
third floor of one building onto
the plumbing business next
door. We believe the plumber
to have been George F. Kessler
at 603 Fairfield.
These are all scenes from the tornado of July 7, 1915


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In 1927, there were enough baseball teams in Bellevue to start a league.

Bellevue, 1974

Bellevue, 1974


The Bellevue Formation is a geologic formation in Ohio and Kentucky which preserves fossils dating back to the Ordovician period. It is so named because the fossils from that period were first discovered in Bellevue. To see the actual fossils, we would direct you to the Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville, Ohio (12026 Tramway Park Drive). Free.