Union Terminal celebrates 81st birthday - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Union Terminal still vibrant landmark 81 years after opening

Image courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center Image courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnatians on Monday celebrated the birthday of one of the city's treasures.

Union Terminal opened as a major center of railroad traffic 81 years ago.

Cincinnati historians say the building was an ambitious undertaking when construction began at the onset of the Great Depression  in 1929.

The building opened on March 31, 1933, ahead of time and under budget, an accomplishment in any era, but even more so with the equipment and technology of the 1930s.

Cincinnati's Union Terminal has seen its fair share of history, including several visits by presidents and presidential candidates, beginning with FDR in 1936 and most recently Mitt Romney in 2012. It was also the site of the nation's first USO transit lounge, serving over 3 million servicemen and women, early one-fifth of all World War II GIs, during the war.

As rail traffic declined in the 1960s, Union Terminal remained a mainstay of the Cincinnati skyline even as the activity inside changed. It has been home to a science center and shopping mall before finally becoming home to Cincinnati Museum Center. From a bustling temple of transportation to a center of education and inspiration, Union Terminal's use has evolved just as the city of Cincinnati itself has.

"Union Terminal has been a source of pride for Cincinnati since it first opened in 1933," says Douglass McDonald, President and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center

The Cincinnati Museum Center invites the public to celebrate Union Terminal's 81st birthday by visiting cincymuseum.org for facts and historic images of the building.

Union Terminal will also be featured in the "Engineering Map of America," an interactive map presented by PBS and American Experience.

Click here for photos of Union Terminal in the 1930s courtesy of the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

    Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:28 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:28:07 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:59:54 GMT

    A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term 'best friend.'.

    Full Story >

    A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term 'best friend.'.

    Full Story >
  • Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:55 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:55:28 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    Full Story >

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    Full Story >
  • Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:44:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:54:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...(AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

    Full Story >

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly