Who Knew? Steep climbs & sloping streets aside, Cincinnati is not really 'The City of Seven Hills'

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is home to many fascinating facts, offbeat oddities, and "I did not know that," moments. With that in mind, WCPO asks "Who Knew?"

Believe it. The Queen City is actually composed of the opposite of hills, and two local experts are happy to explain why.

In spite of the phrase “Seven Hills of Cincinnati,” we are actually not a city of hills at all. This historic and geographic misconception has titled everything including schools, neighborhoods, small businesses, and street signs.

John Ventre and Richard Davis from the Cincinnati Observatory helped debunk the myth of Seven Hills and hope to set the record straight.

Q. How did Cincinnati get the nickname City of Seven Hills?

A. The majority of the founders of the city were from the east coast. When they attempted to persuade their friends to relocate to the new City, Losantiville/Cincinnati, they alluded to the beauty of the land by referring to the beauty of Rome and its seven hills.

Become a WCPO Insider and read the full Q&A, which explains why our region feels hilly even though--technically--it's not.


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