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Eden Park Reservoir Dam


Photo taken by Ken Stigler

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

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BH Photo #272988

Street View 


Completed in 1878 the two basins covered a total of 12 acres. The east basin retaining wall consisted of eight elliptical arches, each spanning 55'. The length was 1,250'. The width at the base was 48.5', tapering to 25' on the top walk. These basins were cleaned in alternate years and everything was found from wrecked cars to suicide victims. When ever this cleaning took place municipal picnics, complete with music and dancing were held inside the empty basin. Although chemical purification of city water began in 1907 at the new water plant upriver at California, the Eden Park reservoir remained in use. In the 1960s the stone retaining wall of the lower/eastern basin was largely removed and the basin filled in for ball fields.


Closed-spandrel arch bridge over drained reservoir on Pedestrian Trail
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1878, large portion of main retaining wall removed 1960
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 55.0 ft.
Total length: 1,250.0 ft.
Deck width: 25.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.11185, -84.49217   (decimal degrees)
39°06'43" N, 84°29'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/716829/4332183 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 59247 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,637)
Arch (12,883)
Built 1878 (123)
Built during 1870s (1,502)
Cincinnati, Ohio (176)
Closed-spandrel arch (4,348)
Dam (57)
Deck arch (12,099)
Eden Park (3)
Hamilton County, Ohio (263)
Have street view (30,445)
Ohio (5,052)
Open to pedestrians (4,698)
Owned by city (6,284)
Park (288)
Preserved (1,249)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,680)
Total length 1000-2500 feet (2,050)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2014: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • January 18, 2014: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Dam", "Eden Park"


  • Luke
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Post card of dam - The dam before it was filled in.


Eden Park Reservoir Dam
Posted January 18, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is a link to an old postcard of the original dam.