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New Richmond Run

May 12, 2014

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Bicycles at rest in front of the Huber Furniture Repair shop in New Richmond, Ohio

From the Cincinnati Enquirer, July 10 1898.

For the benefit of those who have never taken a ride up the River pike to New Richmond a description of the route may not be amiss. Leaving Eastern Avenue at the Columbia Hotel, start down Carrel tending from the schoolhouse down an incline into the village of California, over which the wheel flies without any effort on the rider’s part, offering a mute but powerful appeal for cycle path along the entire route. From California to Coney Island is less than a mile, a driveway at either end of Lake Como connecting the grounds with the pike. Here a good gravel road diverges up Three Mile Creek, leading to Mt. Washington. About a mile east of the island, crossing Four Mile Creek, the Sweet Wine house is reached, a good place to stop for rest and refreshment.

A mile further along is the hostelry kept by “Uncle Joe.” With whom scores of wheelmen are familiar. Along this portion of the route for quite a distance the Ohio rolls along in plain view. Crossing Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Nine Mile Creeks in turn, and about a mile apart, one reaches the hamlet of New Palestine, where Ten Mile Creek is crossed. An intersecting road or pike follows each of these creeks for some distance, finally connection with the Ohio pike three of four miles from the river. A mile beyond New Palestine is Blairville, so called because of its being the site of Blair Bros brick manufacturing plant, one of the largest of its kind the in United States. From here to New Richmond, a distance of three miles, the pike follows the base of the river hills, along which small caverns may be observed here and there in the outcropping rock. Passing through a covered wooden bridge over Twelve Mile Creek New Richmond comes into view. A pleasant town of some 3,000 inhabitants, stretching along the river front for a mile, and extending back to the hills, with shady streets and hospitable citizens. Wheelmen are numerous within its borders. The town boasts two good hotels, a fine park and other attractions for the casual visitor. Here is also an artisan well whence flows the famous magnetic water, the merits of which are widely known. The distance from city limits to New Richmond is about 15 miles; there are no hills to climb, and the grades are easy; the scenery is picturesque; the river breezes are invigorating; shady nooks are plentiful, and taken in all, the route is perhaps one of the most inviting out of this city, and when the cinder path is completed it will be unsurpassed.

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A race from New Richmond to Coney Island was held on July 16, 1898 to raise funds for a cinder bicycle path out of downtown Cincinnati. Prizes included a White bicycle, a diamond pin, a bicycle suit, among many other prizes. Twentieth place was awarded one dozen bottles of “catsup.”

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