49 stories, 574 feet tall, Carew tower is an icon of the city. It was the tallest building in Cincinnati until recently the Great American Insurance building was erected. Beginning just one month before the Great Depression, the building was completed in 1931. It was used as a model in architecture for the ever-so-popular Empire State Building in New York, New York.
If you live under a rock and have never seen Carew Tower before, it’s pretty gosh darn big. There are 46 miles of piping in the building and around 5000 doors. The Mabley and Carew department store chain used to be located in this building. It’s quite the coincidence that it was named “Carew” right before the department store moved in. Just kidding, it’s no coincidence at all, it was in fact named after Joseph Carew of said company.
Now home to commercial offices and other boring things, the tower can still be seen from quite a ways off and has a magnificent view from the top floor. Tourists are allowed to visit the outside of the top floor for a small fee, which is well worth while. If you plan on going to the tower, I recommend jumping on the upper elevators, as they are quite shakey and will likely give you a thrill. I also recommend pressing all the buttons in the elevator at once, like in the movie Elf.
Born in 1860, Phoebe Moses was raised in North Star, Ohio. After growing up in the rural area, she eventually moved down to Cincinnati. She rose to fame as won of the best women sharpshooters, and sharpshooter overall.
She originally starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, which was a cowboy themed circus that traveled around annually. Standing at a whopping 5 feet tall, Annie was known to some as “Little Sure Shot.”
Her most famous act was shooting playing cards that were thrown into the air with a .22 caliber, lever action rifle.
Her career continued into her 60’s, and she eventually died at the age of 66. It is said that in her lifetime, she had taught 15,000 women how to use a gun. She believed that holding a gun should be as natural to women as holding a baby. Maybe not one of the most famous people from Cincinnati, but Annie Oakley was definitely an influential one.