In the early 1800s, Revolutionary War veterans began carving farms out of the Northern Kentucky wilderness. By the 1890’s Crescent Springs became one of the many unscheduled train stops along the Cincinnati Southern Line that ran from Ludlow to Somerset. More passengers were choosing to live ‘out in the country’ so a railroad depot was built at the ‘Y’ intersection where Western Reserve meets Crescent Springs-Erlanger Road.
Located in north-central Kenton County, the city of Crescent Springs wasn’t established until 1957, although residents had been calling the city Crescent Springs. The most popular theory for the city’s name was the crescent shape the railroad tracks made as the train passed through town. Primarily a sleepy farming area, the completion of I-75 through the area in the 1970s drove expansion to its present population of 3900 over the city’s 1.4 square miles. Progress continues to drive the busy city located just a few minutes from downtown Cincinnati and the busy riverfront. Some of the area’s last farm acreages are being developed into new residential areas.
Busy Buttermilk Pike is the primary access road through Crescent Springs. Less than five minutes from downtown Cincinnati off easily accessible I75, it’s easy to get around in Crescent Springs. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) provides bus service through the region, and into downtown Cincinnati. Greater Cincinnati International Airport is a close 14 miles.
Several Northern Kentucky hospitals and their branches are within a few minutes driving. The Crescent Springs Volunteer Fire provides EMS service to the area.
Buttermilk Towne Center offers many selections for daily shopping needs; Florence Mall is a mere 10 minutes away, depending on traffic. Cincinnati and additional shopping malls offer more extensive shopping within a 15-minute drive. The Field and Stream outdoor sports store is a short drive.
The center of recreational activities, Crescent Springs Memorial Park at Buttermilk Pike and Collins Road, includes more than a mile of trails, several play areas, the only free-standing swinging bridge in Northern Kentucky as well as a Veterans and 9/11 memorials. Nearby riverfront access allows boaters and fishing enthusiasts easy access to the Ohio River. Numerous festivals and outdoor events summer and fall weekends provide an endless supply of outdoor activities in nearby Cincinnati, Covington and Newport riverfronts. Crescent Springs hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt, movie night, Fun Fest, Music Fest, a Halloween event as well as Christmas in the Park.