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June 23, 2012

Amazing Facts About Cleveland

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Written by: arunenigma
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  • Euclid Avenue actually used to be called “Millionaire’s Row” and was nothing but beautiful mansions-even home to John D. Rockafeller. Looking at Euclid now, you’d have never been able to guess.
  • The cuyahoga river, downtown, has caught on fire several times-first in 1936, and huge fire occurred in 1952. Both thanks to disgusting pollution-TIME magazine quoted the river “oozes rather than flows.”
  • Cleveland was actually originally spelled “Cleaveland,” named after General Moses Cleaveland. The “a” was dropped so that the name could fit into a newspaper’s masthead.
  • Cleveland is home to the first traffic light! It is actually technically in Ashville, OH, and has been there since August 5, 1914.
  • Cleveland is, of course, home to many marvelous nationally recognized museums-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Great Lakes Science Center, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and The Cleveland Natural History Museum to name just a few. We are also home to the Cleveland Orchestra, which is considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world.
  • East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light.
  • Cleveland became the world’s first city to be fully lighted electrically in 1879.
  • Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland.
  • Our Playhouse Square Center is the second largest preforming arts center in the US, with NY’s Lincoln Center being the first.
  • Rockefeller owned a vacation home in East Cleveland.
  • Eliot Ness is buried in Lake View Cemetery.
  • Case Western Reserve University, one of nation’s top research university is located in Cleveland.
  • Bond girl Halle Berry is from Cleveland.
  • The O’Jay’s (R&B singing group) are from Cleveland.
  • Avant is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts.
  • It is the home of The Cleveland Clinic (#1 in cardiology).

About the Author

Computer Science Graduate Student @ Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA



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