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Pleasant Ridge began as a settlement in 1795, when a small fort (McFarland's Station) was built in nearby Kennedy Heights to protect early settlers from Indian attacks. A short walk to a ridge overlooking the Mill Creek Valley was said to have evoked an agreement within the group that it was, indeed, a "pleasant" ridge.  The Pleasant Ridge Cemetery was dedicated in the same year, and in 1800 became the site of the historic Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church.

The first permanent settlers came in 1809. The settlement was originally known as Cross Roads, because of its focus at the main intersection of two Indian trails, now Ridge Road and Montgomery Road (Turnpike). With the Montgomery Turnpike from Cincinnati to Zanesville, and Ridge Road connecting McFarland's Station to other stations in Carthage and Lockland, Cross Roads was an important stop for travelers, and several businesses cropped up. The building that was the Nine Mile Tavern is still standing at the southwest corner of the Cross Roads intersection. While the building front has been updated, the 160-year-old tin roof is still visible.

In 1832, Cross Roads was a small farming community with a few businesses for turnpike travelers, but in 1850 the name was changed to Pleasant Ridge, and it incorporated as a village in 1891. The first mayor was a descendant of the first permanent settlers. Oil street lamps were added. Cincinnati annexed the neighborhood in 1911.

Pleasant Ridge is known as a strong supporter of the arts, and many artists choose to live here.

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