Sunday, August 05, 2001

Leisurely stroll spans the ages

By Gene Franzen
Enquirer Contributor

[photo] Newport's Riverwalk features unique weather vanes.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        NEWPORT — Completed for the city's 1995 bicentennial, Newport's Riverwalk is a leisurely stroll through the town's 200-year history with beautiful views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline.

        Beginning at the foot of Columbia Street, concrete steps lead to the half-mile walkway atop the floodwall. The Riverwalk follows the river westward, then turns south, following the Licking River and connecting with the Fourth Street Memorial Bridge.

        Newport's diverse history is depicted on seven unique weather vanes — each mounted on 30-foot poles: a turn-of-the-century trolley car, an Indian and a buffalo, a soldier beside his cannon, barrels of beer on a horse-drawn wagon, Boy Scouts, a riverboat captain and workers forging steel.

        As tourists and locals converge on the riverfront to visit the Newport on the Levee and the aquarium or to dine at one of the floating restaurants on Riverboat Row, the Riverwalk provides a connection between Newport's past and present.

        Now and Then, a look at historic places in Northern Kentucky, appears Sundays in The Kentucky Enquirer. To suggest a feature, call 578-5555.


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