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“Cincinnati’s Incomplete Subway: A Complete History” Now Available

For the past year, Jake Mecklenborg — the owner of and a contributor to — has been poring over long-lost documents in the public library in order to tell the untold story of Cincinnati’s infamous abandoned subway system. Now, the fruits of his efforts are finally available for purchase. Here’s the description from the book cover:

What of those ghostly catacombs that lie dormant below city streets? Those subway tunnels, never finished, never filled with the screeches of cars and the busy commotion of commuters. Just there. Dead. You’ve heard of the subway’s demise. The tunnels were too thin. The city was too broke. A grand miscalculation. Well, most of what you’ve heard is, sorry to say, untrue. The popular story of the subway’s demise is myth-laden and as incomplete as the original plan. The full story, long buried in mounds of public records dispersed in the city’s libraries, is now revealed. Local author Jake Mecklenborg emerges from those dusty tomes with a fresh, thought-provoking, full examination of the demise of the Cincinnati subway.

The book is now available for pre-order on, and Jake will be selling copies of the book in person at 8:00 this evening at The Famous Neons Unplugged, 208 East 12th Street (between Main and Sycamore) in Over-the-Rhine. Stop on by, grab a drink, meet the author, and pick up a copy of this fascinating book!