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

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

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    June 1, 1812

  • 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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    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 ... Read MORE...

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    Cleveland From Scranton's Hill

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    Superior Street, Cleveland, From Presbyterian Church

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    Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

    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
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    Appleton, 1872

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    Mouth of Cuyahoga River, Cleveland

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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 ...Read MORE...


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    1890s
    White Sewing Machine Co.
    Cleveland, O.

    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... Read MORE...

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    City of Cleveland from Reservoir Walk
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
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  • News 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 vote...Read MORE...


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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.... Read MORE...

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  • 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 nea...Read MORE...


  • News 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 emplo...Read MORE...


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    Wade Park

    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,... Read MORE...

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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
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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... Read MORE...

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  • News 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 cas...Read MORE...


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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... Read MORE...

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    Central Viaduct

    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... Read MORE...

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  • 1890 - May 31 – The 5-story skylight Arcade opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    May 31, 1890

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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
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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... Read MORE...

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  • News 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 t...Read MORE...


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

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    May 1, 1894

  • 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 ...Read MORE...


  • 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...Read MORE...


  • News 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 hospi...Read MORE...


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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... Read MORE...

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  • News 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 st...Read MORE...


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    Euclid Beach, Cleveland, O.
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    Lake Shore Drive, Gordon Park
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    Street Scene - Euclid Ave. Shopping District, Cleveland O.
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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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  • News 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 ...Read MORE...


  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • 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...Read MORE...


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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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  • News 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 expec...Read MORE...


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    New West Side Market
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    American Trust Bldg., Old Court House, Old Stone Church, Cleveland, Ohio
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    Citizens Bank Building, 1905
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    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 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... Read MORE...

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

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    March 4, 1908

  • News July 18, 1908: Fireworks banned in Cleveland, Ohio

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    July 18, 1908

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    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 corporate trust that from 1870 to 1911 was the industrial empire of John D. Rockefeller and associates, controlling almost all oil production,... 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 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... Read MORE...

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    Panoramic view of Cleveland, Ohio
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    South High School
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    Chamber of Commerce Building, 1911
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    Franklin Circle, 1911
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  • 1912 - Clarence Crane in Cleveland invented Life Savers.

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    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 downtown Cleveland. Thanks to his fine attention to detail, creative touch, and modern amenities for the time period, the Statler exuded a magnificent... Read MORE...

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

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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 the Spencerian College, in Cleveland, Ohio...

    In 1852, Folsom's Business College's first two students, a Mr. Bryant and a Mr. Stratton, purchased ... Read MORE...

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    Franklin M.E. Church
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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, a...Read MORE...


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    Tent City, Euclid Beach, 1916
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    Fraternal Order Eagles No. 135.
    226 East 55th Street
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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 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... Read MORE...

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    Wigmore Coliseum Building

    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... Read MORE...

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  • News 1920 - The Baseball World Series won by Cleveland Indians


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    Southwest corner of Euclid and East 9th Street
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    The Medical Arts Building
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    Superior Avenue showing Cleveland Hotel
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  • News 1921 - October 8 – The first Sweetest Day is staged in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    October 8, 1921

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    Hanna Building and Annex

    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... Read MORE...

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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... Read MORE...

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  • News 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 ...Read MORE...


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    Playhouse Square, 1923

    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... Read MORE...

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    Euclid Avenue, 1924
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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... Read MORE...

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  • News 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. ...Read MORE...


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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
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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.... Read MORE...

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    Carter Hotel

    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... Read MORE...

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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 ... Read MORE...

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    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 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... Read MORE...

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  • 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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    Wash Away Fat and Years of Age
    with La-Mar Reducing Soap
    La-Mar Laboratories
    556-B Beckman Building, Cleveland, O.
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    Heart of Cleveland as seen by Airplane
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    Lutheran Hospital, 1952

    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 ... Read MORE...

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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 ...Read MORE...


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

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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 ... Read MORE...

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Cleveland From Scranton's Hill

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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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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... Read MORE...

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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 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.... Read MORE...

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Wade Park

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,... Read MORE...

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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

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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... Read MORE...

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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... Read MORE...

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Central Viaduct

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...

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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

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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... Read MORE...

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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... Read MORE...

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Euclid Beach, Cleveland, O.

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Street Scene - Euclid Ave. Shopping District, Cleveland O.

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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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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 at Scranton Road and Castle Avenue on Cleveland's west side.
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New West Side Market

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American Trust Bldg., Old Court House, Old Stone Church, Cleveland, Ohio

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Citizens Bank Building, 1905

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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 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... Read MORE...

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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 corporate trust that from 1870 to 1911 was the industrial empire of John D. Rockefeller and associates, controlling almost all oil production,... 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 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... Read MORE...

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Panoramic view of Cleveland, Ohio

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South High School

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Chamber of Commerce Building, 1911

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Franklin Circle, 1911

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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 downtown Cleveland. Thanks to his fine attention to detail, creative touch, and modern amenities for the time period, the Statler exuded a magnificent... Read MORE...

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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 the Spencerian College, in Cleveland, Ohio...

In 1852, Folsom's Business College's first two students, a Mr. Bryant and a Mr. Stratton, purchased ... Read MORE...

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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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Euclid Ave., Christian Church

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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... Read MORE...

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Wigmore Coliseum Building

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... Read MORE...

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Southwest corner of Euclid and East 9th Street

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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 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... Read MORE...

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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... Read MORE...

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Playhouse Square, 1923

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... Read MORE...

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Euclid Avenue, 1924

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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... Read MORE...

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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

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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.... Read MORE...

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Carter Hotel

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

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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 ... Read MORE...

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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 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... Read MORE...

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Heart of Cleveland as seen by Airplane

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Lutheran Hospital, 1952

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 ... Read MORE...

History, News and Stories of Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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

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

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    June 1, 1812
  • 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 ... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 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... Read MORE...


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  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 1890 - May 31 – The 5-story skylight Arcade opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    May 31, 1890
  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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,... 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 ... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 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... Read MORE...

  • News  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 ... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

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

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    March 4, 1908
  • News  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,... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - The Baseball World Series won by Cleveland Indians
  • News  1921 - October 8 – The first Sweetest Day is staged in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    October 8, 1921
  • News  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 ... Read MORE...


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  • News  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

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  • 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 ... Read MORE...

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

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