The goal of the Cincinnati Regional Transportation History Committee (CRTHC) is to compile a comprehensive history of transportation in the region since 1788. Its purpose is to trace the important role of transportation in the settlement and development of Cincinnati and surrounding Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana areas. The task has started with compilation of timelines for various forms of transportation.
The timelines track the evolution of transportation from Indian trails, horseback, pack teams, animal-powered wagons, carriages and stagecoaches to flatboats, canalboats, steamboats, steam and diesel powered railroads. People and goods have been conveyed in trucks, streetcars, buses and open cockpit and propeller-powered planes and jets.
Rivers were prime in ending the isolation of the frontier and establishing the economy of the Cincinnati region. From the use of natural waterways, progress has included man-made canals, locks, dams, bridges, tunnels, inclines, viaducts and aqueducts.
Rutted dirt streets and roads -- maintained by local residents or private turnpike companies -- have advanced to ribbons of pavement, planned and financed by governments. Transportation changes -- some privately developed, others supported by government -- have sought ways to haul more people and freight from residences, farms and factories for longer distances and at increased speed with improved efficiency and safety.
structure is shown here: PDF
file / Excel File.
prime timelines have not yet begun. They include Trucks (operations
on roads), Hamilton transit systems (HCL), smaller transit
systems like St. Bernard, etc. (SMTRN), Taxis, and early public transportation
systems (ERLSYS) like Colonial Stages, Price Hill Coach Line, etc. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to work on these.
Meanwhile, running parallel to INTS is the railroad area. It consists of nine prime timelines covering the seven traditional Class 1 railroads in the area plus regional railroads (REGRR) and general railroad data (GENRR) that do not fall in the other eight areas. These nine prime timelines are then merged into RRS which shows all railroad activity in one massive timeline. Then, this merged timeline is merged with the Cincinnati Union Terminal (CUT) timeline and the INTS (all interurban systems) merged timeline to become the RRINT (Railroads & Interurbans) merged timeline.
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