Cleveland Fun Facts & Points of Interest
Founded in 1796, Cleveland, Ohio is home to approximately 396,000 residents, making it the 51st largest city in America. Cleveland is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. Due to its locations on the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie, near railways, and the Erie Canal, Cleveland became a manufacturing hot-spot. Cleveland is named after General Moses Cleaveland, the leader of the Connecticut Land Company who surveyed the land into townships. General Cleaveland oversaw the design plans for what would become the downtown area and Public Square. Ironically, upon completion of the project, Cleaveland returned to his hometown of Canterbury, Connecticut and never returned to the city of Cleveland.
Some interesting facts about Cleveland, Ohio include:
- Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed, coined the phrase “Rock and Roll” on his radio station in the early 1950s.
- Potato chips were first massed produced in Cleveland.
- NASA has a large research facility in Cleveland.
- Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland.
- American Greetings, creators of Strawberry Shortcake ( Cartoon Character ) and Care Bears, is headquartered in Cleveland.
- Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz,” was born in Cleveland.
- The Cleveland Metro-parks system, known as the “Emerald Necklace,” spans approximately 23,000 acres.
- Eliot Ness, the special agent who helped bring down Chicago crime boss, Al Capone, was employed as a Public Safety director in Cleveland before moving to Chicago.
- Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery is home to many famous graves, including Civil War generals and members of President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet.
Cleveland, Ohio Points of Interest
Cleveland History Center
Learn about the story of Northeast Ohio through the many exhibits at the Cleveland History Center. The exhibits include documents, artifacts, and various collections covering family history, community history, entrepreneurship, and technical innovation. Complete your visit with a ride or two on the beautify Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is alive with the energy, passion and the spirit of music we celebrate. The 150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, four theaters for films and ever-changing exhibits. Get a front row feeling for over 30 years of induction performance. You can spend as little as an hour, or up to an entire day exploring all the Rock Hall's exhibits and gift shop. Non-flash photos are encouraged!
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This beautiful park is open year-round and is home to native plants and an abundance of wildlife. The winding Cuyahoga River leads to thick forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio and Erie Canal. You can bike the trail or ride the rail. The scenic train ride is an outstanding way to see the beauty of the park while experiencing the adventure, romance, and nostalgia of a vintage train ride. Whether you explore the park in your car, train, by hiking, biking, or kayaking, there is something for everyone at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
University Circle encompasses a multitude of treasures from museums, art galleries, music, libraries, and historical landmarks. Visit the Natural History Museum and have lunch among the beauty of trees and water at the adjacent Wade Oval. Enjoy a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra at the breathtaking Severance Hall or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the many natural pathways around University Circle. Be sure to visit their Website for a complete listing of all there is to do in this unique part of Cleveland.
The Cleveland Zoo
Founded in 1882, the Cleveland Zoo is divided into several areas covering 183 acres. A unique feature of the zoo is that it is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system. Visitors can visit the African Savanna, Wilderness Trek with primate, cat and aquatics areas, and rain-forest to name a few. Monkey Island has a large population of Colobus monkeys – all kept in free-range conditions without cages or walls.
Cleveland knows a thing or two about sports. Home to three professional sports teams representing the NFL, NBA, and MLB – the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians respectively, there is something for every member of the family. Spend an afternoon cheering on the Indians at Progressive Field or taking in an energetic Cavaliers basketball game at Quicken Loans Arena. Browns fans can welcome in the sounds of fall with a trip to First Energy Stadium overlooking beautiful Lake Erie. Enjoy great family fun by attending one or more of Cleveland’s sporting events!
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