Thursday, October 19, 2000

A City in the Making

Tiny horses, vehicles take to the streets

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        This little city needs little people and little vehicles, from 1940s vintage autos to 1890s horses and carriages. That's the task of model builders at Cincinnati Museum Center: to find them or make them.

        City in Motion, the 1/64 scale model of Cincinnati at Cincinnati History Museum, is populated with hundreds of people and vehicles.

        “You can buy models of many of the figures and vehicles from model suppliers,” model builder Dave Might says, “but there are lots of things that aren't available, so you have to make them yourself.”

        Horses are easy to find, Mr. Might said, carriages are not. But that doesn't faze the Museum Center's model builders. They enjoy the challenge of creating the vehicles from scratch.

        Mr. Might researched the makes and models of carriages used in Cincinnati a century ago and built dozens of them, in various styles, to put on the streets of Mount Auburn.

        The exhibition includes the city's downtown in the 1940s; the West End in the 1930s; Mount Adams in the 1920s; and Mount Auburn and Over-the-Rhine in 1900.

        In process since November 1999, Cincinnati in Motion will be completed by Nov. 18, as part of the Museum Center's 10th anniversary celebration.

        Visitors to the Cincinnati History Museum can watch the installation in progress, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

        Admission to the History Museum is $6.50, $4.50 ages 3-12; combo tickets to other attractions in the Museum Center cost extra. 287-7000.


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