According to the Ohio Historical Marker, this spot's "spring fed watering system was constructed by Giles Richards (1792-1876), in 1867. It has supplied water to livestock and travelers ever since." Richards started Colerain Township in the early 1800s and owned and operated several enterprises. The following is written on the marble slab, just above the iron tube: 'Stranger & traveler drink freely and bestow an kindly thought upon him who allowed this fountain to flow. It has no other claim except that of ministering blessings in God's honor. Drink and go in peace. "" – Colerain Historical Society. The Ohio Historical Society. The inscription on marble slabs comes from John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, "On A Fountain: For Dorothea L. Dix."
The trough is a half of the old iron rollers that were used to build the Colerain (Cincinnati-Oxford-Brookville) turnpike. Apparently, the "hillside spring-fed, stone watering trough" had an old name. Amanda Springs was not only Giles Richards' donator, but also N. G. French (and Amanda B. French). Here is a badly cropped photo of the postcard, from which you can reference the "alternative names". It should also be noted that the postcard shows "Amanda Springs" in Butler County. This is wrong. It is actually in Hamilton County. More specifically, Colerain Township is 1.5 miles south. It is found just east from E. Miami River Rd. on Old Colerain Ave. It was once a popular spot for travelers, until US 27 was rerouted on a new roadway in 1970.


11889, Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45252, US

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