Historical Markers in
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

1920 World Series Champions 1948 World Series Champions 1954 American League Champions 1995 American League Champions 1997 American League Champions Abraham Lincoln Adams Street Cemetery Adella Prentiss Hughes Alexander Winton Alexander Winton Homestead Alexis de Tocqueville All-Star MVP Alomar Saves Season Andrew J. Rickoff / Charles Edward Adams Arch C. Klumph Architectural Styles & Architects Astronaut Robert Franklyn Overmyer Bain Park Cabin Baldwin University Bedford Historic Business District Benjamin Rose Berea District Seven School Berea Sandstone Quarries Berea Union Depot Birthplace of James A. Garfield Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll Bob Feller Bob Lemon Brecksville Township’s First Settler Broadway / Slavic Village Brookside Stadium Building Strong for Cleveland Burial Place of James A. Garfield Butternut Ridge Cemetery 1835 Calhoon Memorial Park Calhoon Memorial Park Camp Cleveland Carl B. Stokes Carl B. Stokes Casimir Pulaski Cataract Falls Charles Waddell Chesnutt Chestnut Grove Cemetery Chief Joc-O-Sot Clague Family Homestead Cleveland Grays Cleveland Theater District Coe Ridge Colonel Charles Young Com. Oliver Hazard Perry Commerce Cowan Pottery Crile Hospital Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Daniel's Way David Berger Memorial Detective Martin J. McFadden Detroit Avenue Bridge Dover Lake Shore Methodist Episcopal Church Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland Dunham Tavern Earl Averill East Family Ejections Spark Game Two Win Erie Street Cemetery Erie Street Cemetery Chapel Flooring Stones Ernest R. Ball Euclid v. Ambler Realty Site Federation of India Community Association Fields of Ideals First Brick Rural Road in United States First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea First Division Title Since 1954 First Universalist Church Frances Payne Bolton Frank Robinson Frostville Post Office / Frostville Museum Gamaliel Fenton Garrett A. Morgan George Washington German Central Organization Giambi Dramatic Homer Greenwood Farm Hampson Post No. 499 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial Hardware Industry Hell's Half Acre Help Six Chimneys, Inc. Henry A. Sherwin Hiram House Home of Superman Honoring the Memory of O.P. and M.J. Van Sweringen Horseshoe Lake Howard M. Metzenbaum In Memory of the Teachers and Children Who Lost Their Lives in the Collinwood School Fire In Memory of Those Whose Bodies Were Moved From Ontario Street Cemetry to Erie Street Cemetery Inaugural Game Independent Clothing Stores Industrial Cleveland Industrial River Valley Industrialists & Early Skyscrapers Irish Famine Memorial Jack Miner Jacob Russell Jaite - More Than a Company Town James Mercer Langston Hughes Jeptha Wade Jim Brown / Carl Burton Stokes John Carroll University John D. Rockefeller, 1839-1937 / The Standard Oil Company John J. Donnelly John Shepherd - An American Hero John T. Corrigan John W. Heisman Birth Site Joseph Carabelli Joseph Peake's Farm Journalist Dorothy Fuldheim Jurisprudence Karamu House Kol Israel Foundation Holocaust Memorial L. Pearl Mitchell Lakeside Cemetery Lakewood Park Larry Doby Late Prehistoric Period League Park Leverett Johnson / Evergreen Cemetery LGBT Civil Rights Movement Liberty Enlightening the World Lock 38 Lofton Scales the Wall Lorenzo and Rebecca Carter Lou Boudreau Lyceum Square Manny Breaks Record Manny vs. Eckersley = Wow! Market Square Mel Harder Michelson-Morley Experiment Moses Cleaveland Moses Cleaveland Survey Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town” Mule Power Navy Bicentennial Near this site Fort Huntington was Erected Nicholson Homestead North Olmsted North Olmsted Veterans Plaza October 23, 1956 Ogilvy Chapel of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Ohio and Erie Canal Ohio City / Monroe Street Cemetery Ohio State Bar Association Old Brooklyn Old District 10 Schoolhouse Old Dunham Tavern Garden Old Stone Church Bell Old Stone Church of Independence Sesquicentennial Oldest Stone House Olmsted Falls L.S. & M.S. Depot Olmsted Falls, A Historic Community Olmsted’s Origins / Olmsted Township Parker Ranch Parma's Birthplace Pearl Street Savings & Trust Building Peter Weddell / Levi Johnson / Charles Otis Pomeroy House Puritas Springs Park / The Cyclone Roller Coaster Raw Jackson Raymond J. "Chappie" Chapman Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd Ride the Rails Robert William Andrew Feller Rockefeller Building Rockport Cemetery of Pioneer Days Route to the Coalfields Rufus Dunham Saint Angela Merici Saint Ignatius High School Sarah Benedict House Seltzer Way Shaker Gate Post Shaker Gate Posts Shaker Gristmill Site Shaker Mill Stone Shaker Square Since 1775 Site of Center Family Site of Colonel John Bradstreet's Disaster Site of the Home of the Poet Harold Hart Crane Slovenians, Thomas Jefferson and The Declaration of Independence Solon Town Center South Park Village and the Whittlesley Tradition Spirit of '76 Springvale Ballroom St. John’s Episcopal Church Terry v. Ohio The Ahola Corporation The Arcade The Ark The Arthur G. McKee House The Berea Triangle The Burnham Mall The Calfee Building The Chagrin River's "High Falls" The Cleveland Grand Prix The Cleveland Skyline The Comeback The Cozad-Bates House / Anti-Slavery and Abolition The Early Years The First Christmas Tree in America The Garment Industry The History of Hough (1799-1979) The Mills of Gates Mill The National Carbon Company / GrafTech International The Ohio AFL-CIO The Old Stone Church The Oxcart Library The Quarry Era The Shaker Parklands / The Nature Center at Shaker Lake The Stearns Homestead The Templin-Bradley Company The Union Club The Village of Glenwillow The Warehouse District The West Park African American Community The Weston House / Sandstone Houses The Yellow House The “Big Quarry” Theodore Elijah Burton / Dover Farm This Marks the Site of the Weddell House This Tablet Marks the Final Resting Place of the Shakers of the North Union Society Thome Hits Longest Homer Three Generations of Bridges To Commemorate 300 Years of German Contributions Tony Pena Heroics Town Hall and School Building Tribe Squeezes ALCS Victory from O's Trinity Cathedral Union and League of Romanian Societies / United Romanian Societies Carpatina of Cleveland University Circle University Hall Unknown Early Settlers Upbeat Ursuline College Valley View Veterans Honor Roll Valley View Village Town Hall Van Sweringen Demonstration House War Savings Stamps Warrensville West Cemetery We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours Welcome to Monroe Street Cemetery William Bingham William E. Telling / William E. Telling Mansion Woodland Cemetery Woodvale Union Cemetery World Series Victory Drought Ends 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the Bahá'í Faith "Veterans Plaza"
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Cuyahoga County, located in northeastern Ohio, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Erie, Ottawa, Seneca, and Wyandot. The first European explorers arrived in the late 17th century, with the French establishing trading posts along the Cuyahoga River.

In the late 18th century, the area became part of the Northwest Territory and was eventually settled by New Englanders. Cleveland, the county seat, was founded in 1796 and quickly grew with the opening of the Ohio and Erie Canal in 1827, connecting Lake Erie with the Ohio River. The canal played a significant role in the county's economic development, facilitating the transportation of goods and encouraging further settlement.

During the mid-19th century, Cuyahoga County, like much of Ohio, experienced rapid industrialization. The region became a major center for manufacturing and trade, particularly in the steel, iron, and oil industries. This period of growth led to the rise of several influential industrialists, including John D. Rockefeller, whose Standard Oil Company had its headquarters in Cleveland.

In the 20th century, Cuyahoga County faced economic challenges as manufacturing declined. However, the county remained an important cultural and educational center, home to prestigious institutions such as Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Additionally, Cuyahoga County played a significant role in the civil rights movement, with Cleveland becoming an important site for activism and organizing efforts.

Today, Cuyahoga County continues to be a center for healthcare, finance, and technology. It is also known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene, with attractions like the Cleveland Orchestra and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drawing visitors from all over the world. The county's history, from its Native American origins to its role in the industrial revolution, has shaped it into the diverse and dynamic region it is today.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

  • 1807: Cuyahoga County is established by the Ohio General Assembly.
  • 1810: Cleveland is incorporated as a village in Cuyahoga County.
  • 1831: The Ohio and Erie Canal reaches Cleveland, stimulating trade and growth.
  • 1842: Cuyahoga County Courthouse is constructed in Cleveland.
  • 1878: Cleveland becomes a city and Cuyahoga County's population booms.
  • 1929: The Cuyahoga River catches fire due to pollution, leading to increased environmental awareness.
  • 1967: The Cuyahoga River catches fire again, prompting the Clean Water Act and environmental reforms.
  • 1978: The Cuyahoga County Public Library system is formed.
  • 1992: Cleveland becomes the first American city to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 2016: The Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA Championship.