National Steamboat Monument
Whistle Grove artist: Christopher Janney
Rising above the concrete slopes of Cincinnati's Public Landing is a three-story, 60 ton, exact replica of the original red paddle wheel from the American Queen riverboat. It is positioned about 40 feet off the ground, above a series of 24 metal smokestacks in what is known as the Dan and Susan Pfau Whistle Grove. The smokestacks showcase the importance of steam in the early days of riverboat travel and the relevance that riverboats played in the early history of Cincinnati.
Different sounds are triggered by passing by the various columns, including calliope music, a steamboat whistle and voices of river veterans talking about the rigors of life on the Ohio. All of the columns emit steam, generated by boilers in a nearby steam room
720 Pete Rose Way