Newport, Kentucky

Newport, Kentucky, is a home rule-class community at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers. In 2010, it had a population of 15,273. It was once one of the four-county seats in Campbell County. Newport is part of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area, with more than two million people. It is also a major urban center in Northern Kentucky.

Newport is at 39°5’19’’N 84°29’25’’W (39.088661, 84.490206).

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city covers 3.0 square miles (7.8km2) in total. Of this, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of the land area and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of water make up the remaining 8.42 percent.

Newport is found in the Bluegrass region of the Upland South of America. Commonly, Newport is also referred to as being in the Midwest. Both Upland South and Midwest descriptions are acceptable as Newport lies between these regions.

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History Of Newport, KY

James Taylor Jr. settled in Newport in 1791 on land he purchased from George Muse; his father, James Sr. Hubbard Taylor Taylor, Taylor’s brother, had been mapping the land for twenty years. Its name was not for its location on the river, but Christopher Newport, the commander of the first vessel to reach Jamestown in Virginia in 1607. 

Newport was established on December 14, 1795, as a community and incorporated as a city on February 24, 1834. The Newport Barracks was established by relocating Ft. Washington’s military post from Cincinnati in 1803. In 1853, Newport was connected to Covington by a bridge. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge opened in 1866. In the 1880s and 90s, Newport saw a lot of German immigrants.

In 1900 Newport was third in Kentucky after Louisville and Covington. However, Newport and Covington were rightly considered satellites to Cincinnati.

Illegal alcohol sales were a result of the prohibition in 1919 under the Volstead Act. Gangsters started smuggling alcohol into the city to supply residents and businesses. In Newport, corruption, bribery, and speakeasies became the norm. Ed Levinson, a National Crime Syndicate member, and a gambler, was a well-known Newport crime boss.

The city’s worst natural catastrophe was a 1937 flood that swept through a large portion of Newport. The floodwall, built-in 1948, is a significant feature of Newport’s landscape.

Newport was once known as “Sin City” because of its high-end gambling establishments on Monmouth Street. Monmouth had many men’s shops, restaurants, and ice cream parlors. Many of these businesses were destroyed when it became difficult to park on Monmouth Street. The casinos were eventually closed down due to racketeering investigations. They were replaced with adult strip clubs and peep shows. The commercial district was opened on the hill in south Newport.

In 1981, a garage on 938 John Street was manufacturing illegal fireworks. It exploded without warning and caused severe damage to six blocks around.

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Things to do in Newport, KY

Ken Lewis founded New Riff Distillery in 2014. It is described as a “new twist on an old tradition,” with the tradition being Kentucky Bourbon. The distillery produces a variety of whiskeys, including Malted Rye and Rye, Kentucky Wild Gin, and a range of special recipes.

The World Peace Bell, Newport, Kentucky, holds the title of the largest free-swinging bell. The bell measures twelve feet by twelve inches and weighs sixty-six million pounds. The yoke alone weighs 16,512 pounds, while the clapper is an impressive 6,878.

The Falcon Theater is Cincinnati’s only true storefront theater. They claim they are unique in that they welcome guests every time they visit a show. Everybody should feel welcome upon entering the Falcon Theater.

Newport, KY, is a charming city with many things to offer. We can help you discover all that Newport, KY, has to offer and help you find the perfect place for your business. 

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