View of Cincinnati, Ohio, Circa 1866


This panoramic photograph shows the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, as it appeared around 1866. Panoramic photography was developed in the mid-19th century, soon after the invention of photography, and was used to show wide overviews of cityscapes and landscapes. Making a panorama involved rotating a camera through successive exposures and then splicing the exposures together to produce a composite view. Some of the earliest panoramic photographs were made for the Union army during the Civil War to help military engineers analyze fortifications and terrain. Located on the north side of the Ohio River across from Kentucky, Cincinnati was founded in 1788. The city grew rapidly during the early 1800s as steamship navigation was introduced on the river. In 1860, Cincinnati was the seventh largest city in the United States, with a population of 161,000, and the largest U.S. city not located on the U.S. Atlantic or Gulf coast.

Last updated: April 13, 2012