Cheviot, Ohio

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Cheviot (pronounced /ˈʃɛviət/)[3] is a city located in west central Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 9,015 at the 2000 census.

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History

In 1814 a Scottish immigrant named John Craig purchased a half section of 320 acres (1.3 km²) of Green Township from Elias Boudinot. He built an inn and tavern on the Harrison Pike. In 1818 Craig laid out a village which he named after the Cheviot Hills in southern Scotland. He sold lots and growth began.

In 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan led his Morgan's Raiders past Union lines through Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. One of the targets included Cheviot, where the town was devastated by fire and destruction from the rampaging soldiers on July 13 of that year.

The town was incorporated in 1901. Originally a farming community, today Cheviot is a residential suburb of Cincinnati.

Culture

The city of Cheviot is home to much of the same German-American and other ethnic cultures that inhabit the surrounding Cincinnati area. The city is known locally (and regionally) for its annual Harvest Home Fair. Since about 1855, the fair is held each year on the weekend after Labor Day. The city incorporated the Westside Streetfest in 2002, which has steadily grown in popularity. The annual event features local food, various booths/activities, children's rides, and live music. Cheviot is often recognized by locals as "The Heart of The West Side" (of Cincinnati) because of its urban yet, small-town, friendly culture. The city features a concentrated variety of small businesses and pubs along its main thoroughfares.

Geography

Cheviot is located about seven miles (11 km) northwest of downtown Cincinnati, at 39°9′28″N 84°36′45″W / 39.15778°N 84.6125°W / 39.15778; -84.6125 (39.157659, -84.612594)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.

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