If it were not for the famous hike/bike trail, which follows an old railroad grade through the heart of Loveland, one might never know that just a couple of generations ago this was a very busy and prosperous railroad town.
In the railroad's heyday there were 40 passenger trains per day and 12 scheduled freight trails that ran between Loveland and Cincinnati. Many Loveland residents commuted by rail to work in the city. they still commute, but by automobile instead of rail.
The line through Loveland was a part of the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad which ultimately became the mainline of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Loveland's location at the junction of the Little Miami Railroad (now converted into the Loveland Bike Trail) and the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad fueled the city's growth.
Freight trains still come through Loveland, but they have been re-routed around the city center. This monument, In downtown Loveland, beside the old railroad grade, tells part of the story.
In downtown Loveland, beside the hike/bike trail, you will find this office for the Little Miami State and National Wild and Scenic River. It is the best place to get a map of the river and trail, whether your interest is hiking, biking or canoeing.
If the weather is nice, you can pick up maps and brochures in outside racks when the office is open, without even going inside.
Little Miami State & National Wild & Scenic River
One of the great things about Loveland is that there are an abundance of parks in and around the city. From picnic areas to soccer fields, you can find a public green space nearby to suit just about any interest. Here is a listing of our city parks:
Betty Ray Park – Betty Ray Drive
Bishop Park – Riverside Drive
Boike Park – Rich Road and Tiger Trail
Cherokee Tot Lot Park – Cherokee Drive in Loveland Heights
Delray Park – Dogwood Drive in the Pheasant Hills subdivision
East Kemper Soccer Fields - East Kemper Road
East Loveland Nature Preserve – East Loveland Avenue
Fireman’s Memorial Park – corner of Harrison and Railroad Avenues
Harper Avenue Park – Harper Avenue
Hidden Creek Park – Glen Lake Road
Kiwanis Park – Wall Street
Lever Park – Heidelberg Drive
McCoy Park – Oak Street
Navaho Tot Lot – Navaho Drive in Loveland Heights
Nisbet Park – Karl Brown Way at the Little Miami Bike Trail
Phillips Park – Rich Road
Robinson Park – Highland Ave. and West Main Street
Tomahawk Trails – Loveland Heights
Veteran’s Memorial Park – corner of Riverside Drive and W. Loveland Avenue
Village Anniversary Park – Corner of West Loveland Avenue and Englage Avenue
In all there are 20 parks comprising 30 acres of active recreational areas and 257 acres of passive recreation land and dedicated green space. In addition, the Little Miami State and National Scenic River runs through the heart of our downtown area. The 70-mile Little Miami Scenic Trail also runs through the heart of downtown Loveland, drawing residents and visitors to traverse it by biking, walking, running, hiking or skating. Loveland has earned the designation of Tree City USA.
In May of 1955 a local Loveland businessman reported seeing three or four 3-foot tall frog-faced creatures squatting under a bridge near Loveland. They had wrinkles instead of hair on their heads, lopsided chests, and wide mouths without lips, like frogs. Incredibly, one of them held up a bar device with sparks coming from it. There was a strong odor which was reminiscent of alfalfa and almonds.
For 20 years there were no further sightings of the "Loveland Frog." Then on March 3, 1972, an on-duty Loveland police officer saw a 4-foot tall frog-faced human-like creature with leathery skin. It jumped over a rail and into the Little Miami River. Two weeks later, another police officer saw it again, this time lying in the road that parallels the river. The creature got away as the officer shot at it. Another sighting of the Loveland Frog was confirmed by a local farmer in the same month.
Cryptozoologists say that there have been other sightings of similar unknown creatures both along the Little Miami River and the Ohio River, into which the Little Miami empties. I haven't personally seen the Loveland Frog - yet. But if I do I will report it here on the pages of Virtual Tourist.
The Loveland Frog
The U.S. Post Office in Loveland is always a busy place, but especially so during the first two weeks in February. That's when many people come to Loveland to mail their Valentines with a special "LOVEland" postmark. The post office accomodates the desires of romantic folk by providing a special postmark in bright red ink.
When I was living in nearby Sharonville, and Karen lived on the other side of Loveland, in Maineville, I made a 24-mile round trip just to mail her a valentine from Loveland. The postal clerk ceremoniously stamped a bold "LOVELAND" on the outside of the envelope. Karen got the valentine a couple of days later. I waited two more days, then asked if she noticed the special postmark. She had totally overlooked it, but that's alright - she married me six weeks later.
Post Office Address: 200 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, OH 45140
Service window open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby & stamp machine open 24 hours.
The Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce stamps cards throughout the year with its annual cachet that reads "There is nothing in this world so sweet as love." Affix postage to your envelopes, place them in a larger envelope, and mail to: The Valentine Lady, P.O. Box 111, Loveland, OH 45140. For more information, call (513) 683-1544 or e-mail email@example.com.