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Camp Washington

Camp Washington is a city neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. It is located north of Queensgate, east of Fairmount, and west of Clifton and University Heights. The community is a crossing of 19th-century homes and industrial space, some of which is being converted into loft apartments.[1] The population was 1,343 at the 2010 census.[2]


The first Ohio State Fair was held in Camp Washington in 1850. It had been scheduled the year prior but delayed due to a severe outbreak of cholera.[3]


During the U.S.–Mexican War Camp Washington was an important military location, training 5,536 soldiers who went to war. Camp Washington was annexed to the City of Cincinnati in November, 1869.[4]


This neighborhood is also the location of National Register buildings, including the Oesterlein Machine Company-Fashion Frocks, Inc. Complex and the old Cincinnati Workhouse (designed by Samuel Hannaford), which was destroyed and rebuilt to serve as a drug rehabilitation center. The neighborhood has been home to the award-winning Cincinnati chili parlor, Camp Washington Chili for more than 50 years.[5][6][7]


In 2002, a cow, later named Cincinnati Freedom, escaped a slaughterhouse in Camp Washington and eluded police and humane officers for eleven days, drawing national attention.[8][9]

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