The area known as Price Hill was occupied by Native American tribes long before the European settlers came in the late 18th century.
There once stood an Indian mound at the corner of Rapid Run Road and Overlook Avenue, one of several in Western Cincinnati and later the site of the Elberon Country Club. The mound , most likely built by a Woodland tribe, would have dated back to the Woodland Period, 500 BC-1000AD. When those European settlers arrived both Shawnee and Miami Indians were living in the vicinity. The area was a wilderness of forest and streams, hills and bluffs, wild and beautiful. Although both tribes farmed and hunted, the area was basically untamed by those who lived there.
Shawnee Lookout Park in North Bend offers a look back to what our area was like during the time of the Native Americans. The park offers spectacular views of the Ohio River and Great Miami River valleys. Recent archaeological discoveries indicate that this site could be the largest continuously occupied hilltop Native American site in the United States, going back 14,000 years.
Boldface Park , in Sedamsville, was named after Chief Boldface, a Miami chief. Little seems to be known about him. Even his demise is in dispute. One story states that in 1790 Jacob Wetzel was hunting in the area when he came upon Chief Boldface. A fierce fight ensued and at the end of it the Chief lay dead. Another version states that Chief Boldface was killed in 1790 in a massacre. Whatever version is correct, it is a testament to the importance of the Native Americans that Price Hill was originally named Boldface Hill.