"It was 152 years after the settlement at Providence n 1636 that this Midwestern present-day metropolis was established. Its location on what was to become the country's most industrialized river, the Ohio, provided its accessibility, starting with the first visit by a steamboat in 1811. In 1819, one of the largest city universities in the nation today, with 35,000 students, was founded And by 1850, with its location next to the rich farming areas of the country, it ranked as fifth largest city in te country and had earned the title of Porkopolis because of its status as the world's largest meat-packing center. Even today, the Flying Pigs Statue in Bicentennial Commons reflects this part of its history."
Smolski, Chester, "Cincinnati: From Porkopolis to No. One City" (1994). Smolski Texts. 243.