I did a bit of questioning of one of my 'Columbus detectives' via email, thanks, Charlie, and received an answer about Nigger Hill----the road and the ford...................Havoline, indeed, your 'thinking was correct,' and a black family did live up at the top of the hill on the east side of Clifty, therefore the origin of the name. My source did verify this with yet another person in town, so feel that we now have the answer. Since the 'name' is so very politically incorrect now, would be most interesting to discover 'when' this name was actually 'first attached' to this area. I know that was the 'name' in the 40s and you know, into the 60s. Will check some of the older cross directories in the Columbus library, and see how much farther back we can 'date' the name.
'Stay tuned,' and see what more we can add to this 'puzzle.' I am posting this info in the 'Fords and Rivers' thread, just to keep the 'factual info' in the right place, as well as in 'the Black History' section, as it does have a dual value.