June 09, 2015

View at North Bend, Ohio

This vignette is labeled "View at North Bend, Ohio" and seems to have been engraved by Franklin Bank Note Company for the Cincinnati Indianapolis St. Louis & Chicago Railway Company (CIStL&C) in about 1880. The image appeared that year on the company's bonds and stock certificates and saw use for about nine years.

The image also appeared on bonds for two nearby Indiana railroad companies at about the same time (the Columbus Hope & Greensburg Railroad Co. and the Vernon Greensburgh & Rushville Railroad Co.). I haven't had time for research, but I bet those two companies were related to the CIStL&C.

Because of inevitable artistic license, I cannot pinpoint the image's exact location. Still, I suspect the image was created from a photograph, looking eastward, taken slightly upriver from the small community of North Bend, The hills at the viewer's right are in Kentucky. The sidewheel riverboat is heading upriver toward Cincinnati which is about twelve miles from this point in a straight line. The Indiana border is about four miles to the west.

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