The city’s proclamation praised Blount for many accomplishments, including the South Hamilton Crossing itself; his advocacy for an Alexander Hamilton statue along High Street; the low-level dam south of the downtown; most of the city’s historical markers; his being named Hamilton Citizen of the Year for 2005 and Hamilton City Schools Teacher of the Year for 1991-92.
Kirsch called Blount “a force in the city for over 50 years,” with other accomplishments, such as construction of the Columbia Bridge over the Great Miami River, creation of the Hamilton Economic Development Corporation, and even the Jack Kirsch Underpass, which Kirsch said received a lot of written Blount support through the years. His writing also supported the Greenup Hydroelectric Plant on the Ohio River, which last year was joined by the Meldahl Hydroelectric Plant.
Blount said he focused on transportation issues because he believed the advice he received that successful places tended to have excellent transportation. He focused on local history — rather than state or national — because a history professor told him lots of people wanted to write about states or the nation, and local history tended to not been as well-done.
Blount, who holds history degrees from the University of Cincinnati (bachelor’s, 1958) and Miami University (master’s, 1964), helped push for the Ohio 129 extension connecting I-75 with Hamilton and the South Hamilton Crossing itself as volunteer chairman for 16 years of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District (and member since 1994), he helped make the project happen.
Blount was praised by several city officials, who also called him their friend.