We should never shy away from our reputation as a city of many firsts. You’ll read that many of our firsts implemented national and global change.
- First city in the U.S. to establish a Jewish hospital.
- First city in the U.S. to publish greeting cards
- First city to establish a professional municipal fire department and first firemen's pole; the first fire department to use steam fire engines
- First city to establish a weather bureau.
- First professional baseball team
- First city in the U.S. to establish a municipal university - University of Cincinnati
- First and only city to build and own a major railroad
- First concrete skyscraper built in the U.S. - the Ingalls Building
- First night baseball game played under lights
- First and only city to have the largest designation
- First AM radio transmission
- First city to have a licensed Public television station
- First contemporary arts center
- First city in which a woman began and operated a sizeable manufacturing operation, Rookwood Pottery
In 1870, Cincinnatians had such strong spirit they convened a convention to determine if Cincinnati should become the United States capital. Cincinnati argued that its central location was more secure and had a better trade network, at the time Cincinnati had much more economic clout that DC, the region contributed 1/6 of the total collection of taxes in the United States.