Cincinnati was and still is the only American city to ever build its own railroad; at a time when every city feared devastation by fire - the revolutionary steam pump was invented at Cincinnati; Grapes for America’s Catawba wine first grew on vines at what is now Eden Park in Cincinnati; and the beginnings of today’s National Weather Bureau can be traced to Cincinnati. These are but a few examples of the heritage of my Dad’s home town, dubbed the Queen City long, long ago by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
After retiring, my father got out his trusty old manual typewriter and began working on a book. Legacy to a Nation was nearly complete at the time of my father's death, at age 91. And so, a proud fourth generation Cincinnatian has taken the final lap for him - turning fragile yellowing pages of a manuscript into a final draft.
Cincinnati: Legacy to a Nation was authored by John F. Cronin, Sr., and annotated by his proud son, Richard Lee Cronin.