Covington 2017...I

Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky. It is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Cincinnati, Ohio lies to its north across the Ohio, and Newport, Kentucky to its east across the Licking. Part of the Cincinnati–Northern Kentucky metropolitan area, Covington had a population of 40,640 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census, making it the 5th-most-populous city in Kentucky. It is one of its county's two seats, along with Independence. The initial American settlement at Covington was known as The Point, from its position at the confluence of the Licking and Ohio Rivers. When it was laid out in 1815, it was named in honor of Gen. Leonard Covington, who was killed at the Battle of Chrysler's Farm during the War of 1812.

During my trip to Cincinnati, I couldn’t check into my hotel yet, so I decided to take a photo walk around Covington to see what I could find. And since Covington is directly across the river from downtown Cincinnati, it’s thee spot for great skyline shots. Finding my way to the Covington Riverfront was pretty easy. Once there, I was able to first take in the great views, and also capture great photos of the Cincinnati skyline. I walked along the Riverwalk to get closer to the bright-blue John A. Roebling bridge to get better photos. After getting a few photos of the skyline below the bridge, I walked up the stairs to get even closer to the bridge. If this bridge looks a bit familiar to you, John A. Roebling, who designed the bridge also designed the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. As a matter of fact, this bridge was actually his prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge. After taking a few more photos of the bridge, I noticed a blue and white building with a cool looking “swoop” at the top. I walked closer to explore it, and found out that it’s called The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge. The luxury condominiums building was designed by Daniel Libeskind. I spent quite a bit of time there (probably too much time) because I was fascinated with the architecture of the building and it made for great photos. From there I head over to Madison Avenue where I come across the Historic First Baptist Church, which dates back to 1871. A couple doors down is Children’s Inc., a child care facility and a division of United Way. Out front were various statues of “kids at play”. They were pretty cool to photograph, too! Across the street was another Historic church…Trinity Episcopal. Walking further up the street I come across another fine architectural gem…the Kenton County Justice Center. Walking back down Madison Avenue towards my car, I pass by the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Marriott Hotel and the CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services building. Also along the way, I photographed the Northern Kentucky Police Officers Memorial, which is located at the foot of the Roebling Bridge. Since Madison Avenue seemed to be one of the main streets in Covington, I continued my journey on Madison. Once back at the car, I drive up the street and find a parking spot. That parking spot brought me across the street from a cool looking, art-deco building…the Madison Theater. The Madison Theater reminded me of buildings I’ve seen in Miami. From there, and a short distance drive away, my last stop in this area is the massive Roman Catholic St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. The Roman Catholic St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, is a minor basilica in the United States. Construction of the cathedral began under the Diocese of Covington's third bishop, Camillus Paul Maes in 1895 to replace an 1834 frame church that was inadequate for the growing congregation. Pope Pius XII elevated the cathedral to the rank of minor basilica on December 8, 1953. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 20, 1973. This is an awesome building indeed! I didn’t get the chance to go inside because it was closed. But on my next visit, I will definitely take a tour.

Before finally heading to Cincinnati to check into my hotel, I stop by the Historic Steinford Park on West 6th Street on the other side of town. Across the street is the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower and Clock. I spent more than a few minutes at this spot simply because it reminds me of Big Ben in London. My last stop was back on the Covington Riverfront where I snapped photos of Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals football team, and Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Also along the Riverfront I saw Richard J. Miller's John A. Roebling statue right below the Roebling Bridge. This statue was fitting because it shows Mr. Roebling welcoming you to his named bridge. In his left hand is his architectural plans, and atop a large rock next to the statue are Mr. Roebling’s detailed blueprint of the Roebling bridge.