The History And Future Of Cincinnati's Abandoned Subway Tunnels

Apr 19, 2016

A hundred years ago, Cincinnati started work on a subway system that was eventually abandoned.
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A hundred years ago, the residents of Cincinnati voted to begin work on a subway system to ease downtown traffic. But after 6 miles of infrastructure and 2.2 miles of underground tunnels were completed, the project came to a halt.

It was dropped due to accumulating costs and political contention, and the set of tunnels left unfinished is the largest of those abandoned in the United States.

Here to talk about the history of this unused subway system and its potential future are author of the book “Cincinnati’'s Incomplete Subway: The Complete HistoryJake Mecklenborg, and Director of Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Action with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and historian with Applied History Associates, Dan Hurley.