The Kentucky Side: Books exploring NKY’s ‘curious’ history and popular, lesser-known landmarks

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In this edition of The Kentucky Side, we talk with the authors of two new books.

Greg Hand’s Cincinnati Curiosities: Healing Powers of the Wamsley Madstone, Nocturnal Exploits of Old Man Dead, Mazeppa’s Naked Ride & More explores some of our strange historic moments in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

For example, did you know that the fortune built by the Devou family, which ultimately lead to the creation of the namesake park in Covington, was at least partially funded by brothel businesses in Cincinnati’s West End?

Or that the infamous Voo Doo King of Cincinnati was born a slave in Boone County?

Hand’s book has those stories and more. He joins us.

Author Kathy Witt sends readers on a scavenger hunt across Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana with clues written in rhyme featuring photographic hints produced by her husband, John Witt.

Northern Kentucky spots are found in Fort Thomas, Covington and Latonia, Bellevue, and beyond.

We talk with the Witts about the book Cincinnati Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for Cincinnati’s Hidden Treasures.


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