Harrison, Ohio

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Harrison is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The city is located in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. The population was 7,487 as of the 2000 census.



Harrison was named after the 9th US President, William Henry Harrison. It was incorporated in 1850, and became a city in 1981.

Harrison Township established 1850, formerly part of Crosby Township.[citation needed] Among the historic sites in the city's vicinity is the Eighteen Mile House, which was built during the earliest years of the nineteenth century.[3]

It was the home of Ohio's fifth governor Othneil Looker.

It was one of the few stops in Ohio on the Whitewater Canal. The Whitewater Canal, which was built between 1836 and 1847, spanned a distance of seventy-six miles.

July, 13, 1863, Morgans Raiders invade. The column passes through taking fresh horses and burning the bridge over the Whitewater River near the southwest part of the town.

First train came to Harrison Township in 1864.

1882 Harrison depot was built at W. Broadway and Railroad Avenue. It later burned to the ground.

Harrison Village Park is the final resting place for a small number of veterans of the Revolutionary War. In the center of the park is a bandstand. Prior to it being a bandstand it was a fountain. In the early 1930’s the fountain was drained and filled in and made a bandstand. It seems many children came down with cases of impetigo after spending a hot summer swimming in the fountain full of untreated water.

1940 The dog track in West Harrison closed due to pressure from the horse racing circuit. Monkeys in silk jackets had been used as jockeys for the dogs. The track had originally opened in 1932, when parimutuel betting was illegal in Indiana. However, during the Depression, heads were turned as the track attracted revenue to the area and was one of the highest paying local jobs at $12 a week.

The city was devastated on June 2, 1990 by an F4 tornado, but was quickly rebuilt.

Harrison boasts of Miami Whitewater Forest, the second park to join the Hamilton County Park District in 1949. It now spans 4,279 acres (17.32 km2).

Local government

Harrison's mayor is Joel McGuire, an attorney and former Army Ranger. On November 6, 2007, McGuire (Independent) defeated incumbent mayor Daniel Gieringer (Democrat) by a vote of 58.7% to 41.3%. McGuire is a native of Harrison, Ohio and a former member of the city council.

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