Brent was in Campbell county southeast of Newport on the Ohio River. It was named for Brent Spence, son of Philip Spence, the postmaster at Newport. (Brent Spence was later a city attorney in Newport, a state senator, and a representative to Congress.) It was a railroad station and post office across the river from Coney Island.
The Brent post office opened in 1890 and closed in 1914.
Just upstream from Brent was the Ohio River Lock and Dam 36. The upstream dam 35 was near Oneonta and the downstream dam 37 was near Taylorsport.
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