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Covington, Kentucky, USA

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Covington, Kenton, Kentucky, USA
In 1814, John Gano, Richard Gano, and Thomas Carneal purchased 150 acres (0.6 km2) on the west side of the Licking River at its confluence with the Ohio River, referred to as "the Point," from Thomas Kennedy for $50,000. The men named their new riverfront enterprise the "Covington Company," in honor of their friend, General Leonard Covington, an American officer who once trained troops in the area and was killed in the War of 1812.

The investors prepared a plat for the new city that was approximately five blocks wide by five blocks deep. The platted streets lined up with the streets of Cincinnati across the Ohio River, symbolically tying the future of the fledging city to its larger neighbor to the north. The first five streets, running north to south, were named for Kentucky's first five governors: Shelby, Garrard, Greenup, Scott, and Madison.

In February 1815, the Kentucky General Assembly incorporated the land as the town of Covington. At the time of its incorporation, Covington and all of today's Kenton County was a part of Campbell County.

Shortly after its incorporation, the investors began selling lots in the new city for $385 a lot. However, for the next 15 years, lot sales were slow and disappointing. By 1830, the young city had a population of only 715 and lot prices were selling for half their value in 1815.wikipedia

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News  1867 - January 1 – The Covington–Cincinnati Suspension Bridge opens between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky in the United States, becoming the longest single-span bridge in the world.
January 1, 1867
News  1872 - Meeting
The colored people of Covington, Ky., held a mass-meeting on the night of the 29th ult. and passed...Read MORE...

News  1902 - Storm
A terrific waterspout struck the southern suburbs of Covington, Ky., and passed up the Miami valley ...Read MORE...

News  1905 - Run Down By a Train.
Covington, Ky., Aug. 28 - Ben Tarvin, 35, was probably fatally injured in the C. & O. yards,...Read MORE...

Covington, a city (formerly the capital) of Kenton co., Ky., is situated on the Ohio River,...Read MORE...

News  1917 - Joe Catching Killed At Covington
Mr. Joe Catching, son of Mr. J. F. Catching of this county, who held a position as yard switchman...Read MORE...

News  1920 - Brothers' Greetings Bring Death to Both!
Train Lurch Finds Men On Car Off Guard and They Fall Under Wheels.

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1969 - September 9 - WCVN TV channel 54 in Covington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag   Anthony Aldo BADER (28 February 1974, Covington, Kentucky, USA - 24 December 1993, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) gravestone
flag    Patricia BADER (29 November 1924, Covington, Kentucky, USA - 14 January 1997, Haddonfield, New Jersey, USA)

flag   Mary A. BOGENSCHUET (December 1870, Covington, Kentucky, USA - 11 August 1917, Orlando, Florida, USA)

flag   Carl Eduard MENNINGER (8 July 1858, Covington, Kentucky, USA - 5 January 1895, Covington, Kentucky, USA)

flag   Carl Lincoln STREUTKER (5 January 1865, Covington, Kentucky, USA - 23 April 1895, Covington, Kentucky, USA)

flag   Robert E. L. WEAVER (4 February 1859, Covington, Kentucky, USA - 30 July 1893, Covington, Kentucky, USA)

flag   Johann Heinrich WILDMANN (15 March 1864, Covington, Kentucky, USA - 5 February 1889, Covington, Kentucky, USA)

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