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Newport, Kentucky

Map of Newport, 1838
from a Map of the City of Cincinnati / from actual survey by Joseph Gest, city surveyor, 1838;
engraved by Wm. Haviland.  You can find the full map on the site of the Library of Congress.


Description of Newport from 1805.


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Newport Power Sub-Station, c. 1890 Innes Piano Co., Newport



The Comets, believed to be a Newport team, c. 1931
From a Facebook post by Joni Enweiler-Farrow

The Stag Cafe Ball Team 9th Street Baseball Club

The Stag Cafe Ball Team, c. 1953
Thanks to Bob Adams for this one.

Ninth Street Cafe Ball Club
from a Facebook by Mary Boyd

W. on 6th

Looking west on Sixth in Newport
from a Betty Powell pic on Facebook. That's her Grandmother.



Buildings in the background at 1oth & Saratoga
From a Facebook post by Kevin R. Marsh

Battle Flag
Newport Rifles Company Battle Flag, c. 1835-1836. By all means read more at this site.

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Dr. Phyhian's Hospital,
810 Washington, Newport
The Jenkins Hospital,
n.e. corner of 7th & Isabella

Learn more about these two early Newport Hospitals, here.

Thanks to Kyle Randall for letting us post here his Dr. James Oliver Jenkins & The Jenkins Hospital. (pdf)


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Front and Back Newport Sand and
 Gravel Co., 1897
How about a Willys-Knight for
Christmas, from the Newport
Motor Car Co., at 27 E. Sixth
Street, and from Santa, who
seems to be wearing brown.


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Dorsal's Flour, with “Miles of Smiles”
Image on the right is a blow up of a section of the image on the left, so you can mostly read the label


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A few words from 1915 on Newport's former YMCA, here.
There was a YMCA in Newport from about 1894 to 1899.

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Trolley Car Barn,  1910,
11th and Brighton Streets
During the 1937 Flood,
11th and Brighton Streets.
Scene from the Newport
Trolley Barn
Inside the Trolley Barn, c. 1915
from an Eddie Donlin post of Facebook
The Trolley barn was erected in 1903.

Streetcar Aerial

The 1889 Car Barn is at the lower right with the streetcar main shop immediately behind it. To the left is the old powerhouse, with the bus garage behind it. Note the old Shortway Bridge, which was owned by the Green Line (the streetcar/bus company.)

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Trolley #260, in Newport, 1941 Trolley #510, in Newport, 1948 Trolley driver Milton Kleier
from a Facebook post by his grandson, Tim Kleier


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Trolley Car #510, 1948 The Parlor Car Kentucky in Newport, 1937 The Green Line in Newport


Monmouth Street
Fireworks Factory Blows Up in Newport, April 2, 1981.
11th and John Streets
Photo by Jack Klumpe
The UPI story covering the event.

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Third and Saratoga, 1910
(Trolley says “Fort Thomas”
on the front)
Newport Chamber
of Commerce, 1922
10 W Fourth
Brighton Center, 1966
founded by Rev. Bill
Neuroth, in 1966



Samuel Michels posted this image of Grace Michels Zumdick on Grand Avenue. The background is I-471 these days.



Coming up Grandview, c. 1980
From a Facebook post by Debbie DiMuzio Brannan



Beauty contest entrants at Newport Day at Coney Island, 1927
A key to who's in the picture.

A view of manufacturing in Covington and Newport, in 1839.

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These three are from Newport's 150th Anniversary Celebration
Play of re-enactment on the left, the parade of November 8, 1945 in the center, and that
dour looking group on the right were the celebration planners, a.k.a. The Newport-
Campbell County Sesquicentennial Commission, in session.

Helen Lindsey's account of the celebration's events is here. (pdf)

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Fireman at the Reed Manufacturing Co. in Newport


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Newport (?), 1913 The Thiem Sisters

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In 1994, US News and World Report ran a feature story on America's white underclass. One of the towns they featured was Newport.
You can read the 1855 court case in regard to the Newport Ferry, at this site. “Frightful explosion” in 1854 Newport, here.
“Newport. I am sorry to make the statement, but it is true, there are a number of subscribers to The Freeman [An African-American Newspaper from Indianapolis] who cannot read, but take the paper for the young men,  and many of them had to give up the paper because their sons are too indolent or thoughtless to read the news to the old folks.  Young men, equip yourselves with the race doings, and be prepared to overcome these obstacles that may arise to detain your progress.”  from Indianapolis' The Freeman, A National Illustrated Newspaper, August 9, 1890.
“Oct. 23, 1844.  A manufactory of silk at Newport, established by Wm. B. Jackson and Brother; handkerchiefs, and other goods of smooth and excellent texture;  cocoons raised, and silk spun and woven in Kentucky.”  - from Collin's History of Kentucky.  “January 21, 1854. At the New York crystal palace exhibition of the industry of all nations, the highest premiums were awarded for the following articles from Ky. : 1. Silver medal to the Newport silk manufacturing company, for perfection and general excellence of silk from the cocoon of Ky. growth.” - from Collin's History of Kentucky.
Kentucky Flag. – Pike, our readers know him well, is swimming in deep water. He has removed his paper from Maysville to Newport, Ky., and is now publishing it daily and weekly. It is printed on new type and presents a beautiful appearance. It is edited with a little more than his usual vigor and energy, which were always considerable. But this was to be expected, as he has more room to swim in.” The Lancaster (Ohio) Gazette, December 5, 1851
Here's one writer's description of Newport in 1817. Story of 10 slaves who escaped from Newport, here.
“The Newport cotton mill in Kentucky, owned by Thos. O'Shaughnessy, was destroyed by fire. Loss $100,000, partially covered by insurance. Over 100 persons are thrown out of employment. The fire was caused by some sparks from a furnace entering a room filled with cotton.” from the Daily Alta California, July 16, 1854
“At Newport, Ky., a couple from Jacksonville were married the other night on roller skates in a brilliantly lighted rink. There was a wedding grand march on wheels, and the door receipts were enormous.” Huntsville Gazette, December 12, 1885
Report of gipsies [sic] camped in Newport in 1858, here. In 1884, a father shoots a man for ruining his daughter's honor, here.
Prominent African-American businessmen in Newport in 1890 listed here. Newport's Marble King.
“Lieut. Charles R. Johns, acting Newport police chief issued a warning against all Halloween pranksters, particularly those who derive much glee in “soaping” windows of stores, autos and residences. Boys caught in such acts will be arrested. . . . The Newport Police Department will stand for no rowdyism, whatever.” Kentucky Post, October 25, 1940
Newport land titles attested to as valid in 1844. Cotton bagging business in 1832.
Newport man finishes second in walking contest, covering 194 miles in 30 hours. Here. Three men hung for the murder of Captain A. Menter, here.
“Newport news in the Covington Ticket: Last night, at the close of the sacred concert at Odd Fellows Hall, Officer Beasin appeared behind the scenes and, in the name of the Commonwealth, arrested the whole troupe of troubadours for a violation of the Sunday law. They immediately gave bond and were released. Their trials take place today.” Courier-Journal, November 1, 1876
Dan N Woellert the food etymologist, writes about the Newport Jug Houses, at his always entertaining site, here. Cote Brilliante became its own, distinct village in 1888.
Woodlawn created, 1922. Newport described, in 1827.
Northern Kentucky University launched the Newport History Walk App as a self-guided podcast six-stop tour. Historical highlights are: the Southgate Street School, the Taylor Mansion and Mansion Hill, Former Fourth Street School Location, John T. Thompson House, Newport Flood Wall and the Flood of 1937, and the Former Newport Barracks at General James Taylor Park on the Ohio Riverfront. More at their web site.
Young woman avenges her own wrongs, here. 80 year-old woman re-united in Newport with the husband of her youth, here.
An 1818 Emigrant's Guide had this to say about Newport. 1898 Newport fire nearly “swept it from the face of the earth.”
Nancy Miller arrested in Newport for aiding a slave to escape, here. An 1819 Cincinnati directory lists these steamboats as built in Newport.
“The Newport, Ky., Polo Club play the Henley Club, of this city [Richmond, Indiana] to night, and tomorrow at Ridge Rink.” Indianapolis Sentinel, April 24, 1885 “There are eighty-six licensed beer saloons in Newport, paying $50 each per annum into the school fund, or a total of $4,300.” Courier-Journal, April 29, 1872
“It is stated that a gentleman in Newport, Ky., is perfecting an application of electricity for propelling a box containing letters over wires from place to place, on the telegraph principle. The experiment over wires of six hundred yards in length, has, it is said, worked to a charm.” Indiana State Journal, October30, 1851
The Louisville Post's Ralph Coghlan wrote about Newport in 1923.  Read it here. Paragraphs about Newport's leading manufacturers and merchants, from 1886, here. (pdf)
Newport silk business in 1844. Newport cotton factory, 1836.
The murder (?) of William Mackey in Newport President Benjamin Harrison comes to Newport.
The Interior Journal, August 10, 1977
Captain Almond Menter was murdered by Walter Watson in Newport. Menter was a prominent figure and the story got a lot of press: the crime, the trial, the story announcing the hanging of Watson, and, last and least, the story wallowing about the hanging.
Morehead had several documents about the history of Newport, believed to be created originally by the WPA. Each is a pdf. Here, here, here, and here. An 1886 directory of “Cincinnati and Environs” published a short paragraph or so about 41 different Newport businesses. A pdf with all 41 is here.
Black man beaten and fined for not voting, story here. “A dispatch received here mentions that ten slaves made their escape recently from Newport, Ky., and that their whereabouts was unknown.”  NY Times, June 24, 1853



The WPA was teaching women to sew in 1937 Newport.


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Donaldson Fair Promotions. Note the front of the bill looks for all the world like a real confederate bill, until you see the back side.


Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 3, 1861

Details of Johnson's visit.

Andrew Johnson (Wikipedia) would assume the presidency in 1865.

Drummer Donaldson FAir
It says here that Newport awarded him a valuable medal.   You can Google “Donaldson Fair” Newport and get a dozen more posters similar to this.

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Cincinnati Daily Gazette, October 5, 1878

“Two weekly papers have just made their appearance at Newport, the issue of one being but one week in advance of the other. The first is the Campbell County Leader, published by J. B. and A. L. Quinby, and the second is the Newport News, of which Mr. J. H. Ferris is the editor. Both, as they have come to us, are filled with much interesting local and miscellaneous reading matter, and are a substantial evidence of the growing importance and prosperity of Newport. If they should bear out the promise of their first publications they cannot fail in proving of great advantage to the local interests of the city and section.” Courier-Journal, April 9, 1872

“The Newport News has suspended after the publication of two issues.” Courier-Journal, April 30, 1872

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And last but not least, you can hear the
 Cincinnati Jug Band's Newport Blues, c. 1929, here.
(big file - give it a few seconds)

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