At the dawn of the 1940s, Cincinnati was the 14th biggest city in the United States, bustling with life and history. Today, it doesn’t even skim the top 20…
But the Gateway to the West, the Queen City, has its own rich history of ethnic growth and divide, of going to war and falling from grace.
In 1940, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Detroit Tigers in the world series; they played several games here at Crosley Field:
The first woman to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery was Cincinnati local Helen Taft, who died in 1943.
During WWII, gas and rubber were tightly rationed for everyone in the United States, and in Cincinnati, the streetcar became a popular means of transportation.
But rationing seemed to suit the people of the Queen City, and the 1940s in the tri-state area were constantly hopping with development, art, culture, and those crazy mobsters from across the river.
Many Downtown dwellers today are hoping for a revival of the streetcar, bringing a more urban feel to this small city.
Cincinnati sweetheart Doris Day was just beginning her famous career in the city in the 1940s, performing as a vocalist for local bands and building her reputation, just as the city was beginning to fade…