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Eden Park: 1906

Eden Park: 1906

Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1906. "Main entrance to Eden Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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We're looking roughly west along Eden Park Drive towards Gilbert Avenue. The buildings visible through the arch are part of the old Baldwin Piano Company factory and headquarters on Gilbert.

There are some stairs that lead up to the art museum from roughly this point, but I haven't explored them. The streetcar right-of-way around the art museum should still be traceable to some extent though, but I think the remains of this bridge were pretty well scraped away.

Where was it?

So you mention that the bridge has been town down. Any idea on where this was located? I'd like to see the location now. I wonder if there is anything left in the forest? Urban ruins.

What street was this? Kind of looks like it is looking out across Gilbert into downtown.

Long Gone

Sadly no, the bridge is no longer there. Built in 1874, it was demolished in 1950 when much of the city's streetcar system was being scrapped. Supposedly there were some structural issues, which I could certainly understand being a problem with the lightweight steel track structure. Nevertheless, it would've been nice if the stone arch was saved.

The Bridge

Still there? Can someone post a current photo?

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The trolley looks like it came straight out of the neighborhood of Make-Believe. Possibly that is where it is headed. Even in black and white the trolley enhances a beautiful environment. Sadly, the trolley is gone but Eden Park is still lush, green, and magical. Fred Rogers would approve of this picture and he'd have warned us of loss that comes with too much progress.

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