West Price Hill is the last of the three Price Hill neighborhoods, directly south of Westwood. with a population of 18,000, West Price Hill is the biggest of the three Price Hill neighborhoods.
current day West Price Hill consists of the original land Evan Price bought and a former, now non-existent neighborhood called Warsaw. like East Price Hill, West Price Hill started out as a remote suburb for wealthy people to escape the noise and pollution coming from Cincinnati’s urban core. with the building of the Price Hill Incline connecting Lower Price Hill to East Price Hill along with the Eighth Street Viaduct and age of the automobile, the population of West Price Hill began to change in the 20th century.
one of the coolest things to me about West Price Hill is the history. as i researched the neighborhood i learned about so many interesting things. the first thing being the Union Baptist Cemetery on the west side of the neighborhood. founded in the 1860’s, it was actually one of the first black cemeteries in the entire state of Ohio. in the 19th century things were so segregated in America that many cemeteries didn’t even allow black people to be buried near white people. this led to black people being buried in random places, sometimes with their families and sometimes not, in unmarked graves. having a place where black cincinnatians could be properly buried was a big deal, and many black veterans of the Civil War are buried in the Union Baptist Cemetery today.
another interesting thing about West Price Hill is that the Dunham Recreation Complex used to be a tuberculosis hospital. back in the early 20th century, tuberculosis hit communities around the world very hard, including Cincinnati. the Cincinnati Tubercular Hospital was founded in 1912 on farm land and became an institution dedicated to finding a cure for the disease and treating those who had the infection.
i really like West Price Hill, and really all of Price Hill. i’m jealous of the tight knit community found on the west side in comparison to the rest of the city, and i think West Price Hill specifically is an important place (even though driving on Glenway Avenue gives me a migraine).