Covington (kŭvˈĭngtən) [key], city (1990 pop. 43,264), seat of Kenton co., N central Ky., at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers; inc. 1815. It is an industrial center, connected by bridges with Cincinnati across the Ohio and Newport across the Licking. Its plants make metal, paper, and plastic products; automotive parts; sheet metal; lumber; processed foods; and machinery. A ferry and a tavern were established there c.1801, and the city was first settled in 1812. Among its points of interest are the suspension bridge to Cincinnati (designed by J. A. Roebling); Devou Park, with a museum of natural history; Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption; the tiny Monte Casino chapel; the Garden of Hope; and the Carneal House (1815). Frank Duveneck was born in Covington, and the city has a museum devoted to his paintings. The artist and naturalist Daniel Carter Beard was also born (and lived) in Covington. Thomas More College is in nearby Crestview Hills. The greater Cincinnati airport is also in the area.
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