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Tycoon who donated 'Genius of Water' nearly lost it all. Photo: Architect William Tinsley located Oakwood, Henry Probasco’s Clifton mansion, on an east-west running ridge and faced it south toward the sun. An iron-gated fence on Lafayette Avenue opened to a road that led up to the mansion before the 29-acre estate was subdivided in the 20th century. The Enquirer/Gary Landers

Tycoon who donated 'Genius of Water' nearly lost it all

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Animals ruled the crowd at early Kings Island. Photo: August 1984: Endangered white rhinos from Africa at Kings Island's Wild Animal Habitat. Enquirer file photo

Animals ruled the crowd at early Kings Island

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Tragedy of Pike's Opera House recounted in new book. Photo: The second Pike’s Opera House, opened in 1868 on the site of the first incarnation on the south side of Fourth Street between Vine and Walnut, met the same fate as its predecessor – destroyed in a fire. Enquirer file photo

Tragedy of Pike's Opera House recounted in new book

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Cool Homes: Pitman House carvings bring outdoors in. Photo: The 130-year-old Pitman House’s tower features a widow’s walk. It is accessible today by climbing a built-in ladder that goes up through a narrow chute on the third floor. The Enquirer / Amanda Rossmann

Cool Homes: Pitman House carvings bring outdoors in

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Cool homes: Beer barons' brick beauty. Photo: The master bedroom on the third floor of Donna and Roger Weddle's home. The Weddles live on the top floor, of the Wiedemann Mansion, which is formerly the ballroom. The Wiedemann Mansion, a 1894 Samuel Hannaford & Sons designed mansion was the home of Charles Wiedemann, whose father George founded what was once the largest brewery in Kentucky. The first two floors of the home can be rented out for special events. The Enquirer/ Amanda Rossmann

Cool homes: Beer barons' brick beauty

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Cool Homes: Herschede Mansion offers trip back in time. Photo: Hall clock maker and jeweler Frank Herschede hired Cincinnati architect Samuel S. Godley to build a family home for his wife, Sadie, and their eight children. The Herschede mansion at 3886 Reading Road in Avondale is much as it was in 1908 when the family moved in. The Enquirer/Amanda Rossman

Cool Homes: Herschede Mansion offers trip back in time

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Cool Homes: Tudor's rathskeller mural sets a sunny mood. Photo: Kroger vice president Joseph Bappert and his family were the first occupants of this stately Tudor revival home erected in 1936 in Green Township. Its elaborate basement mural was added in 1943 by Cincinnati artist Mathias Noheimer. The Enquirer/Joseph Fuqua II

Cool Homes: Tudor's rathskeller mural sets a sunny mood

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Cool Homes: Probasco mansion in Clifton fit for royalty. Photo: Architect William Tinsley located Oakwood, Henry Probasco’s Clifton mansion, on an east-west running ridge and faced it south toward the sun. An iron-gated fence on Lafayette Avenue opened to a road that led up to the mansion before the 29-acre estate was subdivided in the 20th century. The Enquirer/Gary Landers

Cool Homes: Probasco mansion in Clifton fit for royalty

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Harrison's presidential campaign changed politics. Photo: The tomb of President William Henry Harrison stands guard over North Bend Ohio. The Enquirer/Malinda Hurting

Harrison's presidential campaign changed politics

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Lazarus to thank for Thanksgiving date. Photo: Fred Lazarus Jr. Enquirer archive photo

Lazarus to thank for Thanksgiving date

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Did Annie Oakley shooting contest happen in Cincinnati? Photo: A sign in North Fairmount marks the site of the legendary shooting contest between Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. The Enquirer/Jeff Suess

Did Annie Oakley shooting contest happen in Cincinnati?

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River towns celebrate milestones: New Richmond 200, Ludlow 150. Photo: New Richmond's Front Street along the waterfront in 1953. Today, the first building on the right is Front Street Cafe. The historic Springer House is third from right. Enquirer archive photo

River towns celebrate milestones: New Richmond 200, Ludlow 150

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Cemeteries mark city's Jewish history. Photo: Chestnut Street Cemetery, also known as Old Jewish Cemetery, the oldest Jewish cemetery west of the Allegheny Mountains, in the Betts-Longworth Historic District in the West End, at Chestnut Street and Central Avenue. It was open from 1821 to 1849. The cemetery is owned by Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. The Enquirer/Jeff Suess

Cemeteries mark city's Jewish history

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Renovated Rankin House tells story of slaves running to freedom. Photo: The Rankin House has undergone a complete restoration, including a new roof, shutters, painted to the original brownish red, and the elimination of a period-inaccurate portico over the front door. The Enquirer/Jeff Suess

Renovated Rankin House tells story of slaves running to freedom

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Covenant-First Presbyterian traces back to Cincinnati's beginning. Photo: Covenant-First Presbyterian Church at Eighth and Elm streets has stood for 140 years, and houses links to Cincinnati’s history. The Enquirer/Michael Snyder

Covenant-First Presbyterian traces back to Cincinnati's beginning

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150 years ago, Lincoln was shot and The Enquirer missed it. Photo: Ulysses S. Grant. Enquirer file photo

150 years ago, Lincoln was shot and The Enquirer missed it

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Impact of World War I felt around Cincinnati. Photo: An officer pauses by the grave of Lt. Robert E. Bentley of Cincinnati, killed in action at Cierges, France, on Sept. 28, 1918. Enquirer archive photo

Impact of World War I felt around Cincinnati

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Ads for fake Plummet Mall stirred controversy, laughter. Photo: 1985: Jay Gilbert of Jay Gilbert Productions, song and jingle writer. The Enquirer/Fred Straub

Ads for fake Plummet Mall stirred controversy, laughter

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Building enables YWCA to empower women. Photo: The lobby of the YWCA Building features art deco styling, from the marble staircase to the original brass elevator doors that have been adapted as a display on the right. Enquirer file photo

Building enables YWCA to empower women

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'Never built' Temple Tower skyscraper could have been a companion to Carew Tower. Photo: Samuel Hannaford & Sons sketch of Temple Tower, a proposed skyscraper to replace the First Presbyterian Church on Fourth Street that was never built. Enquirer file photo

'Never built' Temple Tower skyscraper could have been a companion to Carew Tower

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Holiday shoppers used to head to Downtown stores. Photo: Shillito’s department store at Seventh and Race streets embraced the Christmas season with this display in 1960. Enquirer archive photo

Holiday shoppers used to head to Downtown stores

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UC nursing has 125-year tradition of strong women. Photo: William Cooper Procter Hall on the UC campus has been the educational base for the UC College of Nursing since 1968. Enquirer Archive photo

UC nursing has 125-year tradition of strong women

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Cincinnati's Halloween history. Photo: Eric James Short, 5, of Covington, sits in front of his father's deli after coming home from a Halloween party in 1977. The Enquirer/Ed Reinke

Cincinnati's Halloween history

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What does 'CVG' stand for? Photo: In a 1954 photo, propeller-driven passenger planes await instructions from the control tower atop the terminal building at Greater Cincinnati Airport, now known as Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Enquirer file photo

What does 'CVG' stand for?

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From the archives: Could '37 flood happen again? Photo: 1937: This aerial photograph taken above the Kentucky shore in 1937 shows the flood waters lapping at the Suspension Bridge, which was the only non flooded link from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Ill. Enquirer File Photo

From the archives: Could '37 flood happen again?

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