I could sit here for hours and write about the never completed Cincinnati Subway tunnels, but I’m lazy, and just looking for an excuse to post some pictures. If you want to know the history and facts about it, and see plenty more pictures, visit Cincinnati-tranit.net. They can tell you the story alot better, and in depth, than I could.
No ghost stories here (that I’ve heard of), but plenty of tragedy. On this site, on May 28th, 1977, the Beverly Hills Supper Club caught fire, killing 165 people and injuring over 200. The Beverly Hills was a major attraction, about two miles south of Cincinnati in Southgate, Kentucky. It drew talent from all over the country, and was a popular nightspot and illegal gambling house as early as 1937.
The Golden Lamb, The oldest Inn in Ohio, began operating in Lebanon in 1803. The current building housing the Inn was built in 1815, with additional floors and other renovations coming years later. Several Presidents have stayed there over the years, as well as writers like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. Along with boasting a long list of famous guests over the years, The Golden Lamb also has it’s share of ghost stories, but I guess after being around over two hundred years, that’s to be expected.
Chateau Laroche, or Loveland Castle as it’s more commonly called, is actually a pretty cool place. Built by hand, by one man, over the course of 50 plus years…that’s pretty impressive. In 1927, a man named Harry Andrews bought some land along the Little Miami River in Loveland, to use as a place for his Sunday School class of young men to swim, fish and camp. At first, the boys slept in tents, but after a few years, Harry had the idea to build a few ‘stone tents’ using rocks from the river. Harry, who had a love for the olden days of Knights and castles, then , formed the Knights of the Golden Trail. Basically a Boy Scout troop based on the Ten Commandments and the principles of knighthood. Since all knights need a castle, he took the idea of his stone tents a step further, and on June 5, 1929, Chateau La Roche was begun.
Hidden in the woods in Clermont County, in an area called Peaceful Valley, sits what is referred to as The Devil’s Church. Some say it’s an old warehouse that’s now used by Satanists, others that it’s a house, and when you drive up to it, there is always candles burning in the windows, the number of which is equal to the number of people in your vehicle. Add to that the claims that if you go looking for the church after dark, you will be chased off by those that worship there, or in some cases, they will try to take you…makes for a pretty creepy story.
On March 30, 1975, Easter Sunday, James Ruppert murdered 11 family members in his mother’s house at 635 Minor Ave, Hamilton, Ohio, in what has come to be called the Easter Sunday Massacre. He is now serving two life sentences at the Allen Correctional Institution.
So I took a drive out to Handlebar Ranch, or Munchkinville if you prefer to call it. I still get inquiries as to it’s location, and for info on the legends about the place, so I thought we’d show you what it looks like today. The place has been closed and the lot vacant for years, and is actually owned by Rumpke now. All that remains is the wagon wheel gate, the old, wooden bridge, and some cement walls. Now obviously, there never was a town of retired circus midgets here, but it sure made for a good story. If you don’t know the story of Munchkinville, you can read about it HERE. And if you want to see it yourself, It’s located at 11317 Hughes Road in Northern Cincinnati. But, again, no Trespassing…you don’t wanna piss off the midgets!