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Cleveland, Ohio, USA - The New Store of the Sterling & Welch Co., 1910  Sterling & Welch began in 1845 when Thos. S. and Wm. Beckwith opened a dry goods store on Superior

Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA

Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.

Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.

Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

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The New Store of the Sterling & Welch Co., 1910

Sterling & Welch began in 1845 when Thos. S. and
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The New Store of the Sterling & Welch Co., 1910

Sterling & Welch began in 1845 when Thos. S. and Wm. Beckwith opened a dry goods store on Superior St. In 1857 the store replaced its dry goods line with floor coverings and curtains. Both Frederick A. Sterling and Geo. P. Welch joined the company in its early years and by 1889 they had control of the partnership which was incorporated in 1902 as the Sterling & Welch Co. In 1909 the firm moved from its location on lower Euclid Avenue to 1215-1225 Euclid Ave., where it built one of the largest and finest home furnishing stores in the area. In 1927 Sterling & Welch began the tradition of installing the nation's largest indoor Christmas tree in its atrium. The store closed in 1968 and the building has been demolished. ohiomemory.org
Cleveland From Scranton's Hill

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Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872
Superior Street, Cleveland, From Presbyterian Church

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Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

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Mouth of Cuyahoga River, Cleveland

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William C. Bryant
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1890s
White Sewing Machine Co.
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The White Sewing Machine Company was a sewing mach
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White Sewing Machine Co.
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The White Sewing Machine Company was a sewing machine company founded in 1858 in Templeton, Massachusetts, by Thomas H. White and based in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1866. Founded as the White Manufacturing Company it took the White Sewing Machine Company name when it was incorporated in 1876. wikipedia
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City of Cleveland from Reservoir Walk
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Cleveland Yacht Club, Rocky River, Cleveland, Ohio

The CLEVELAND YACHTING CLUB, INC., originally
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Cleveland Yacht Club, Rocky River, Cleveland, Ohio

The CLEVELAND YACHTING CLUB, INC., originally organized in 1878 as the Cleveland Yachting Assn., was founded by GEO. W. GARDNER, a pioneer in yacht racing who also served as mayor of Cleveland. case.edu
Wade Park

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In 1882, Jeptha Wade gave Cleveland its first zoo. He donated over 70 acres of land from his estate and 14 deer along with their enclosure. This was the beginning of a zoo in what later became Wade Park. Along with the zoo attractions, Wade Park also housed a lagoon, tennis courts, picnic areas, and ball fields. clevelandhistorical.org
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Western Reserve University, Woman's College

Western Reserve College was founded in Hudson, Ohio,
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Western Reserve University, Woman's College

Western Reserve College was founded in Hudson, Ohio, in 1826. It moved to Cleveland in 1882, changing its name to Western Reserve University. britannica.com
North Randall Driving Park

RANDALL PARK RACE TRACK was a noted horse track for runners and trotte
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North Randall Driving Park

RANDALL PARK RACE TRACK was a noted horse track for runners and trotters for 60 years. With its neighbor, THISTLEDOWN RACE TRACK, Randall Park provided the village of NORTH RANDALL with its major industry. Formerly located in an area bounded by Northfield, Harvard, Warrensville Center, and Miles roads, the track was originally part of the Forest City Farm, established by Christopher F. Emery in 1883 as a horse-breeding farm. The land was bought in 1905 by Youngstown entrepreneurs and then acquired by Bert Shank, who sold 100 acres north of Emery Rd. to William B. Chisholm for his Thistle Down Farms. Part of the remaining land became the village of North Randall, created in 1908 with Shank as first mayor to provide a site for harness racing after the closing of the GLENVILLE RACE TRACK. The new $250,000 track hosted the Grand Circuit in 1909, won by Emery's trotter Carroll, driven by Mayor Shank before a crowd of 17,000. Patronage fell off by WORLD WAR I... Read MORE...
Hollenden Hotel, Cleveland's most fashionable Hotel

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Hollenden Hotel, Cleveland's most fashionable Hotel

When Liberty E. Holden opened the Hollenden Hotel in 1885, it quickly became an important part of the city. This massive building was designed by architect George F. Hammond and originally was eight stories tall, with 1,000 rooms and 100 private bathrooms. For its time, the Hollenden was a technological marvel with fireproof construction and electric lighting. The hotel had beautiful chandeliers illuminating the lobby and the hotel rooms were brightened by electric lamps throughout the hotel, which was sensational for its time. In addition, the hotel offered many amenities, such as a prestigious barbershop, a theater, a restaurant, and popular clubs... clevelandhistorical.org

Poor economic conditions in Cleveland during the 1980s sealed the fate of the Hollenden House and it closed in May 1989. Later in 1989, the Hollenden House was demolished and soon after, developer John Galbreath purchased the site and had the Bank One... Read MORE...

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Central Viaduct

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The CENTRAL VIADUCT, built between 1887-88, was a high-level bridge that linked the east and west sides of Cleveland. It stood where the Innerbelt Bridge (I-90) is now located...

Opened on 2 Dec. 1888, the Central Viaduct consisted of 2 bridges. The first structure, known as the Central Viaduct, was 2,839' long and extended from Jennings Ave. (W. 14th) to Central Ave. (Carnegie). Known as a "stilt" type, the bridge consisted of a series of braced towers and deck spans of varying lengths... On the night of 16 Nov. 1895, a safety switch failed while the draw was open, causing a streetcar to plunge into the river; 17 people were killed. Closed as unsafe in 1941, the main bridge was razed for scrap iron during World War II. The second bridge, known as the Walworth Run section, was 1,088' long and connected Abbey Ave. to Lorain Ave. at W. 25th. It continued in use until 1986, when a new Abbey Ave. bridge was begun to replace it... case.edu
The Arcade, 1909

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The Arcade, 1909

The Arcade Cleveland opened in May of 1890 as the first indoor shopping center in America. It quickly became one of downtown Cleveland’s most popular landmarks, and was nicknamed Cleveland’s Crystal Palace. theclevelandarcade.com
Garfield Memorial

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Garfield Memorial

U.S. President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881. Cleveland was chosen as the President's place of entombment, and after lying state in the rotunda of the Capitol for two days, Garfield's casket was taken to Lake View Cemetery by special train. Countless grieving citizens viewed the casket en route from the Capitol to Cleveland.

The casket was sealed in a temporary crypt while the permanent monument was constructed. Situated on a commanding hill in Lake View Cemetery, the monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1890.

The monument features a circular tower 50 feet in diameter and 180 feet high, built of native Ohio sandstone on a broad stone terrace. Around the exterior are five panels in bas-relief depicting Garfield's life and death. These panels include more than 100 figures, all of them life-size... lakeviewcemetery.com
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Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

The new Lakeside Hospital at Lakeside Avenue and East 13th Str
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Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

The new Lakeside Hospital at Lakeside Avenue and East 13th Street, pictured here, opened in 1898. Lakeside Hospital eventually merged with two other institutions to form University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1925. clevelandhistorical.org
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Public Square and Union Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio
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Horticultural Gardens Stadium and Boat Docks, Cleveland, Ohio.
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Horticultural Gardens Stadium and Boat Docks, Cleveland, Ohio.
Lake Shore Drive, Gordon Park
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Lincoln High School

Lincoln High School is a Cleveland, Ohio, public high school, founded in 1901
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Lincoln High School

Lincoln High School is a Cleveland, Ohio, public high school, founded in 1901 at Scranton Road and Castle Avenue on Cleveland's west side.
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American Trust Bldg., Old Court House, Old Stone Church, Cleveland, Ohio
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American Trust Bldg., Old Court House, Old Stone Church, Cleveland, Ohio
Citizens Bank Building, 1905
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Citizens Bank Building, 1905
A view of Scenic Railway and Ball Grounds, Euclid Beach, Cleveland, Ohio
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Hippodrome Theater, opened December 31, 1907

The Hippodrome Theater was located at 720 Euclid Ave
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Hippodrome Theater, opened December 31, 1907

The Hippodrome Theater was located at 720 Euclid Ave in Cleveland, Ohio. In its day, it was a very lavish theater and ranked as one of the world's greatest playhouses. Performers appearing at the Hipprodome included Enrico Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt, W. C. Fields, Will Rogers, Al Jolson, and John McCormack. The auditorium had two balconies and seating for 3,548.

The stage of the Hippodrome could handle large productions and measured 130' wide, 104' deep, 110' high. It also included a water tank for water spectacles.

The Hippodrome was demolished in 1981 to make way for a parking lot. wikipedia
City Hall, 1908
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Superior Ave. and Public Square looking West, Cleveland, O.
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Rocky River Camping Grounds
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Standard Oil Works

Standard Oil, in full Standard Oil Company and Trust, American company and cor
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Standard Oil Works

Standard Oil, in full Standard Oil Company and Trust, American company and corporate trust that from 1870 to 1911 was the industrial empire of John D. Rockefeller and associates, controlling almost all oil production, processing, marketing, and transportation in the United States.

The company’s origins date to 1863, when Rockefeller joined Maurice B. Clark and Samuel Andrews in a Cleveland, Ohio, oil-refining business. In 1865 Rockefeller bought out Clark, and two years later he invited Henry M. Flagler to join as a partner in the venture. By 1870 the firm of Rockefeller, Andrews, and Flagler was operating the largest refineries in Cleveland, and these and related facilities became the property of the new Standard Oil Company, incorporated in Ohio in 1870. By 1880, through elimination of competitors, mergers with other firms, and use of favourable railroad rebates, it controlled the refining of 90 to 95 percent of all oil produced in the United... Read MORE...

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Y.M.C.A. and The Born Steel Range Co.

The Born Steel Range Company was originally founded by Char
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Y.M.C.A. and The Born Steel Range Co.

The Born Steel Range Company was originally founded by Charles Born (d. 1876), and then the company was reorganized with his two brothers Frederick & Henry prospering with F. & H. Born Steel Range Co. until Frederick's death in 1891. The company would eventually become the Cleveland Range Co., and then part of Alco Standard Corp. abebooks.com
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South High School
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Chamber of Commerce Building, 1911
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Chamber of Commerce Building, 1911
Franklin Circle, 1911
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Franklin Circle, 1911
The New City Hall
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Freighters loading, In the Harbor
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Hotel Statler

Ellsworth Milton Statler was able to create a masterfully luxurious hotel in downto
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Hotel Statler

Ellsworth Milton Statler was able to create a masterfully luxurious hotel in downtown Cleveland. Thanks to his fine attention to detail, creative touch, and modern amenities for the time period, the Statler exuded a magnificent stature.

When the Hotel Statler opened in October 1912, it quickly established itself as the ultimate place for visitors to stay and for Clevelanders to see and be seen... clevelandhistorical.org
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Rockefellers Residence
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Spencerian College

In 1848, E.G. Folsom established Folsom's Business College, the predecessor of
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Spencerian College

In 1848, E.G. Folsom established Folsom's Business College, the predecessor of the Spencerian College, in Cleveland, Ohio...

In 1852, Folsom's Business College's first two students, a Mr. Bryant and a Mr. Stratton, purchased the school and implemented the Bryant & Stratton Chain of Business Schools...

In 1867, Mr. Stratton died, prompting the demise of the chain schools. While many of these institutions still survived, they no longer were under the governance of the Bryant & Stratton Chain of Business Schools. The Cleveland college became known as the Spencerian College, named after Platt Spencer, a former professor at the institution and developer of Spencerian script... ohiohistorycentral.org

Franklin M.E. Church
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Tent City, Euclid Beach, 1916
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Fraternal Order Eagles No. 135.
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Fraternal Order Eagles No. 135.
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Euclid Ave., Christian Church
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Hotel Winton

Named after Cleveland's automotive pioneer, Alexander Winton, the hotel opened its d
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Hotel Winton

Named after Cleveland's automotive pioneer, Alexander Winton, the hotel opened its doors on December 20, 1917, on Prospect Avenue just east of East 9th Street on the edge of what would become the theater district of Cleveland's downtown. clevelandhistorical.org
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Wigmore Coliseum Building

The WIGMORE COLISEUM was an exhibition hall of the 1910s and 1920s, a f
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The WIGMORE COLISEUM was an exhibition hall of the 1910s and 1920s, a forerunner of the PUBLIC AUDITORIUM. Located at 1825-1911 East 13th St. between Euclid and Chester avenues, it was designed by Knox & Elliot and planned to be a 4-story garage. case.edu
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The Medical Arts Building
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Superior Avenue showing Cleveland Hotel
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Hanna Building and Annex

The Hanna Building is a historically renovated high-rise in downtown Cle
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The Hanna Building is a historically renovated high-rise in downtown Cleveland's Theater District on the corner of East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue. The building stands 194 feet high and rises to 16 stories. It was built in 1921 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978...

The structure takes its namesake from the turn of the century prominently powerful Ohio senator, political rival of former Cleveland mayor Tom L. Johnson, avid statesman, and Cleveland businessman Mark Hanna. Mark Hanna was known for being extravagant and free with his money, therefore it is little wonder that his family decided to invest in a skyscraper in Cleveland with his name on it, as Hanna died in 1904. Hanna was instrumental in bringing millions in federal funds to the Cleveland area...
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The Cleveland Discount Building

The Superior Building, originally known as the Cleveland Discount
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The Cleveland Discount Building

The Superior Building, originally known as the Cleveland Discount Building, is a high-rise building in Cleveland, Ohio. The building rises 265 feet (81 m) in Downtown Cleveland. It contains 22 floors, and was completed in 1922. wikipedia
Playhouse Square, 1923

Playhouse Square is a theater district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United
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Playhouse Square is a theater district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is the largest performing arts center in the US outside of New York City (only Lincoln Center is larger). Constructed in a span of 19 months in the early 1920s, the theaters were subsequently closed down, but were revived through a grassroots effort. wikipedia
Euclid Avenue, 1924
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The Temple. Ansel and 105th Streets

Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Temple–Tifer
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The Temple. Ansel and 105th Streets

Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Temple–Tifereth Israel is a 1200-seat historic arts and religious venue on the campus of Case Western Reserve University located on the Hough and University Circle border at Silver Park in Cleveland, Ohio...

Completed in 1924, the temple served as the home synagogue for the Tifereth-Israel... wikipedia
Municipal Stadium

CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL STADIUM, constructed on reclaimed land on the city's lakefr
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Municipal Stadium

CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL STADIUM, constructed on reclaimed land on the city's lakefront, was completed in 1931; at that time it boasted the largest individual seating capacity (78,189) of any outdoor arena in the world. case.edu
Severance Hall

Severance Hall, the permanent home of the Cleveland Orchestra, was built between 1
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Severance Hall

Severance Hall, the permanent home of the Cleveland Orchestra, was built between 1929 and 1931...

Upon its completion in 1931, Severance Hall was dedicated to Elizabeth "Bessie" Dewitt Severance, the beloved wife of John L. Severance, who died shortly after the couple pledged the original $1 million to the cause...
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Carter Hotel

Originally Hotel Winton, named after Cleveland’s automotive pioneer, Alexander Winto
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Originally Hotel Winton, named after Cleveland’s automotive pioneer, Alexander Winton, the hotel opened its doors on December 20, 1917...

In 1931, the Great Depression hurt the hotel, leading to its sale to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. The company ordered a sweeping $700,000 renovation of the hotel. Renamed in honor of Lorenzo Carter, the city's first permanent white settler and first inn-keeper, who arrived in Cleveland in 1797, the new Carter Hotel opened its doors on December 16, 1932... clevelandhistorical.org

Hall of Progress at the Great Lakes Exposition, Cleveland, Ohio, 1936

The Great Lakes Exposition
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Hall of Progress at the Great Lakes Exposition, Cleveland, Ohio, 1936

The Great Lakes Exposition (also known as the World Fair of 1936) was held in Cleveland, Ohio, in the summers of 1936 and 1937, along the Lake Erie shore north of downtown. The fair commemorated the centennial of Cleveland's incorporation as a city. wikipedia
Board of Education Building and Cleveland Public Auditorium
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The Fenn College

The origins of Fenn College date from 1870 when Cleveland YMCA created an Educat
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The origins of Fenn College date from 1870 when Cleveland YMCA created an Educational Committee to provide free evening classes in French and German for the benefit of young men coming to YMCA... In 1921, it was called Cleveland YMCA School of Technology (Y-Tech). In 1929, it was renamed Fenn college after Sereno Peck Fenn. wikipedia
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Lutheran Hospital, 1952

Lutheran Hospital first opened in 1896 at Fulton Road and West 29th Stree
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Lutheran Hospital first opened in 1896 at Fulton Road and West 29th Street in a residence that was rented for $42 per month. In the first year, 25 patients were admitted. This number slowly grew when the hospital relocated to a larger residence two years later. In 1921, a large expansion project added 110 beds, four operating rooms, a maternity department, nurse’s quarters and an X-ray department.

Innovative updates to Lutheran Hospital continued as a result of a $1,000,000 fundraising campaign in 1957... myclevelandclinic.org

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1796 - July 22 - Cleveland, Ohio, founded by Gen Moses Cleaveland

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1812 - June 1 - Snow whitened the ground in Cleveland OH .

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1832 - Cleveland is spelled differently than its founder's name Moses Cleaveland. In 1832, the editor of the Cleaveland Gazette newspaper dropped the first "a" to fit the title on one line. The new spelling caught on.

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1854 - Cleveland
Cleveland, city and port of entry of Ohio, and capital of Cuyahoga county, on the S. shore of Lake Erie, at the mouth of Cuyahoga river, 135 miles by railroad E. N. E. from Columbus, 255 miles N. E. from Cincinnati, and 195 miles by water S. W. from Buffalo. Lat. 41° 30' N., Lon. 81° 47' W. Next to Cincinnati, it is the most commercial town of Ohio, and there are strong reasons for believing that it will continue to increase in population and importance until it be comes a large city. Besides its natural ad vantages, which are probably equal to any on the lake, its trade is facilitated by the Ohio canal, which extends to the Ohio river at Portsmouth, and by the following rail roads, which are already completed : the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati ; the Cleveland and Pittsburg, and the Cleveland and Erie. The mouth of the river forms a good harbour, which has been improved by a pier on each side, extending into the lake. The situation is elevated and remarkably beautiful. The... Read MORE...

1874 - 3 Votes Not Enough
An enterprising voter of Cleveland, Ohio, voted three times for a sheriff of Cuyahoga county in the late election. Of course, a candidate so ably voted fro was elected, and the voter, having been convicted of voting, was sent to the penitentiary for three years. One good turn deserves another, and the sheriff for whom the voter voted saw him safely to the prison.
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December 25, 1874
1879 - Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879 when Charles Brush successfully demonstrated arc lights on the streets.
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...At five minutes before eight o'clock there was a flicker in the lamp nearest the Telegraph Supply Company's headquarters and immediately the twelve lights beamed forth from their various stations. The lamp posts are much higher than the gas posts, making the electric lamps like beacon lights.

Thousands of people gathered to witness the scene and as the light shot around and through the Park a shout was raised. Presently the Grays Band struck up in the Pavilion and soon afterward a section of artillery on the lake shore began firing a salute in honor of the occasion.

The light varied some in intensity at intervals, when shining brightest being so dazzling as to be painful to the eyes to look long at a lamp. In color it is of a purplish hue, not unlike moonlight, and by contrast making the gaslights in the store windows look a reddish yellow. Some people had raised their expectations too high and were... Read MORE...


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1880 - Children Under 14 Working During School Hours
Arrests are being made in Cleveland, Ohio, under the school laws prohibiting employers from having children under fourteen years of age in their employ during school hours, when not compelled to work on account of poverty.
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Macon Weekly Telegraph
Macon, Georgia
March 5, 1880
1885 - They are having a cholera scare in Cleveland, Ohio. Two members of the same family died after an illness of twelve hours duration.
The disease certainly resembled cholera. Three other members of the same family were stricken, with every prospect of a fatal termination in their cases.
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Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck, North Dakota
April 16, 1885
1890 - May 31 – The 5-story skylight Arcade opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

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1893 - DEATH IN A STORM. Loss of Life and Property in a Hurricane.
FOUR KILLED IN CLEVELAND.

Number of Others Injured, Some of Whom May Die - Many Buildings Destroyed and Crops Damaged -

CLEVELAND, May 24. - A terrific windstorm struck this city a 9 o'clock yesterday morning. Four men were instantly killed and many injured in the numerous casualties.

Two men were killed at the Cleveland rollingmills in Newburg during the cyclone. The new steel cupola was blown down and four men who were on the scaffold fell 80 feet. Jake Bavish was killed instantly. An Italian, named Mike, was caught by a steel beam and crushed to death. It required jacks to lift the beam from his body which was horribly crushed. Tommy McGucc had both legs and back broken and will die. Another unknown man was severely injured, but will recover. The steel cupola is a total wreck.

A scaffolding at the New Bradley building, corner of Erie and Superior streets, was blown down and four men were injured: William O'Neill, Miles Johnson, Michael Murphy and Michael Hughes. The... Read MORE...

1894 - The May Day Riots (against unemployment) break out in Cleveland, Ohio.

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May 1, 1894
1895 - Cleveland
Cleveland, a port of entry, the second city of Ohio, and the county seat of Cuyahoga co., is delightfully situated on the south shore of Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, which flows through the city, affording a fine sheltered harbor, to which has been added a commodious ship channel, 200 feet wide, flanked by two piers extending 1200 feet into the lake. A harbor of refuge, commenced in 1878, is also in course of construction by the government of the United States, extending from a point northerly from the west pier and running west by south to the lake shore. The work is under the supervision of an army engineer, and is estimated to cost about $1,800,000. Cleveland is also connected by canal with the Ohio River at Portsmouth, and, in addition to its superior water avenues, it is the centre of an important system of railroads, branching out in all directions. It is 138 miles by rail N.N.E. of Columbus, 113 miles E. of Toledo, 150 miles N.W. of Pittsburg, Pa., and 183... Read MORE...

1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...Cold In Cleveland.
Cleveland, Feb. 9. -- The blizzard raged with unabated fury throughout the day, causing more or less delay to railroad traffic and a demoralization of streetcar service. A heavy gale from the west with the thermometers slightly below zero prevailed throughout the day, causing intense suffering to everyone compelled to be out of doors. The school authorities held an informal conference and decided to close all the schools in the city at noon, owing to the extreme cold...
The Delphos Daily Herald
Ohio
February 9, 1895
1898 - Struck by a Motor.
Had it not been for the rude action of a horrid, old, Big Consolidated motor Martin Wing of Rhodes avenue would not have been carried to Charity hospital in McGorray’s ambulance last night. There was a sort of ambulance men’s convention on the Superior street viaduct shortly after Wing tried to drive in front of the moving motor in his new spring wagon at about 5:30 p. m.

Pedestrians who saw the accident immediately ran in all directions for the telephone in order to get an ambulance. Their combined efforts succeeded in starting all the business portion of town, as people naturally inferred when they saw the hospital wagons running by in twos and threes that some great calamity had happened.

McGorray’s arrived first, however, to find Wing with his head bruised and his forehead cut above the eye. Wing’s wagon was still good for burning purposes and the horse was all right.
Plain Dealer
Cleveland, Ohio
May 28, 1898
1899 - CALL OUT TROOPS. The Strike Situation in Cleveland is Becoming Quite Serious. POLICE CANNOT CONTROL. Cars Are Stoned and Dynamite Bombs Placed on the Tracks.
Cleveland, O., July 22 - Orders were issued today for the assembling of four companies of the Fifth regiment, O. N. G., located at Cleveland, to do strike duty in the streets of the city during the present street railway trouble...

All available military force in Cleveland is under arms... The addition of the organizations called out today, the military force to cope with the street car strike now numbers 800 men. That number represents the city's military force. Next will come the call for state troops.

...The riots and murderous attacks of Sunday convinced the mayor it was time to call out all the available troops.

...The riots and mob violence will be suppressed at any cost.

The Weekly Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 29, 1899
1901 - Cleveland - The Pleasant City by Charles F. Thwing
The first thing to be said about Cleveland is what, with the change of a pronoun, a Cambridge poet said about one of whom he wrote: "It is so pleasant." Its streets are pleasant to live in and to look upon; its parks are pleasant to stroll in or to ride in; its houses are, on the whole, pleasant to the aesthetic sense; its libraries are pleasant for their selectness though not for their bigness; its people are, above all, pleasant for their dignity, graciousness, genuineness, simplicity and appreciation. In the year 1838 the late Asa Gray spent a short time in Cleveland, and wrote from Cleveland to a friend, saying that the city would "ultimately be a very pleasant place"; he adds: "The people show some signs of civilization,; they eat ice cream, which is sold in many places." I wish I were able to assure my old friend and neighbor, as he now lives with the immortelles and other fadeless flowers, that he has proved to be a true prophet: Cleveland has become a "very pleasant place,"... Read MORE...

1901 - Bath Tub Famine is the Latest. Plumbers Are Entirely Unable to Supply the Demand. Extensive Building Operations Cause the Scarcity.
There is a crying need of bath tubs in Cleveland. In fact a bath tub famine has been in progress in this city for some time and also in almost every city in the United States, where building operations are booming.

The demand is far in excess of the supply and the plumbing supply houses have now given up any hope they had previously entertained of being able to fill the orders which have been pouring in on them since early spring.

The rather unique famine is seriously delaying the completion of a great many residences and apartment houses. Customers willing to pay almost any price for a nice white enameled bath tub appear daily at the supply houses of the city, fret and fume, but all to no avail, for the bath tubs simply cannot be secured.

The older generation can dilate on what ruddy health was secured in the olden days by arising early in the morning and taking a splendid bath in a foot tub or a bowl after breaking the ice in the water barrel with a candlestick, but these ... Read MORE...

1901 - TURNED HOSE ON STRIKER. This Was the Revenge Non-Union Men Took Upon a Former Comrade.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Aug. 26 - Because Thomas Oldecker, a non-union workman in the Crescent Tin Plate Mill, deserted twenty-five of his non-union comrades, who still remain at work, to-day they turned a water hose on him, drenching him thoroughly...

The New York Times
New York, New York
August 27, 1901
1902 - A Massachusetts Man's Big Luck - Gate Tender on a Railroad to Get a Large Slice.
The Times Special Service.
WORCESTER, Mass., Saturday, June 7. - Family records expected daily from the parish priest at Lanoraie in Quebec are expected to establish the claim of Joseph A. Demars, a gate tender of the Boston & Albany Railroad to a share of the $8,000,000 which has been in possession of the city authorities of Cleveland, O., since 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. Demars, in case they are able to prove their claim, will have to share the fortune with the families of Mrs. Loiuse Caisse, Alfred Caisee, Henry Caisse and three sisters, and Mrs. Frank Belville.

Fiction never furnishes a stranger romance than that of the Caisse millions and the efforts of the Caisse family to prove their kinship to the mysterious real estate man who died in Cleveland nearly forty years ago.

Men and women have grown old in hope of eventually becoming wealthy, families have increased and multiplied until now, should the fortune be divided, a liberal estimate would give those having claims only... Read MORE...

1908 - March 4 – The Collinwood School Fire, near Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., kills 174.

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March 4, 1908
July 18, 1908: Fireworks banned in Cleveland, Ohio

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July 18, 1908
1912 - Clarence Crane in Cleveland invented Life Savers.

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1914 - Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.

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1916
Cleveland, a port of entry, the largest city of Ohio, and the county-seat of Cuyahoga co., is delightfully situated on the south shore of Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, which flows through the city, affording a fine sheltered harbor, to which has been added a commodious ship- channel and an outer harbor of refuge, which is protected by a huge breakwater 2 miles in length and half a mile out from shore. Cleveland is connected by the Ohio Canal with the Ohio River at Portsmouth, and, in addition to its superior water-avenues, it is the centre of an important system of railroads (the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis, the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, the Erie, etc.) branching out in all directions. It is 150 miles by rail NW. of Pittsburg, Pa., and 183 miles SW. of Buffalo. X. Y. Lake steamers connect the city with Buffalo and Duluth and with all important lake ports. Lat. 41° 30' 6" N. ; Lon. 81° 42' 6" W. Two viaducts of stone and iron — one 3211 feet in ... Read MORE...

1920 - The Baseball World Series won by Cleveland Indians

1921 - October 8 – The first Sweetest Day is staged in Cleveland, Ohio.

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October 8, 1921
1923 - Garrett Morgan of Cleveland invented the first three-position traffic light.
November 20, 1923:

On this day in 1923, the U.S. Patent Office grants Patent No. 1,475,074 to 46-year-old inventor and newspaperman Garrett Morgan for his three-position traffic signal. Though Morgan's was not the first traffic signal (that one had been installed in London in 1868), it was an important innovation nonetheless: By having a third position besides just "Stop" and "Go," it regulated crossing vehicles more safely than earlier signals had.

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November 20, 1923

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1929 - Is Blamed For Clinic Tragedy at Cleveland
City Investigating Commission and State Fire Wardens Indicate Disaster Might Have Been Averted if the X-Ray Room Had Been Closed Off

Cleveland, O. - (AP) - The explosion that ripped through Cleveland clinic and generated gas fumes that killed 122 persons, was caused by spontaneous combustion that ignited celluloid X-ray plates in a sub-basement store room...

A faulty fire door was discovered today in the Cleveland X-ray room, the seat of the origin of the explosion that has resulted in 122 deaths...

Had the door worked it would have shut off the room from the rest of the building and caused the deadly poison gas to be forced out to the street through a ventilator...

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
May 16, 1929
1948 - East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light. The boy chosen for the 1948 newsreel to demonstrate its operation was Louis Spronze.

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1995 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors in 1995 on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Its mission is to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music.

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2003 - Electric faults in Cleveland caused power outages to 50 million

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Cleveland:
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Start your journey in Cleveland with a visit to the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Explore the history of rock music through fascinating exhibits, memorabilia, and interactive displays.

Cleveland Museum of Art: This world-class museum is home to an impressive collection of art spanning centuries and continents. Admission is free, so you can take your time exploring its treasures.

West Side Market: Dive into Cleveland's culinary scene at the historic West Side Market. You'll find a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and international cuisine.

Cleveland Metroparks: Enjoy the great outdoors at the Cleveland Metroparks. With over 23,000 acres of green space, you can hike, bike, or simply relax in nature.

Great Lakes Science Center: This interactive science museum is perfect for families. It features hands-on exhibits, an IMAX theater, and even the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

Playhouse Square: If you're a theater buff, catch a show... Read MORE...

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