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Case and CSU have a lovely collection of old photographs of Cleveland before its "peak" and during.  Thought id post a few of my favorites:

 

A 1930s view of the city from Detroit-Superior bridge.  I think at this time the subway trollies ran inside the structure

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The Academy of Music in the 1880s

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1899 Streetcar Strike on Lower Euclid

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The Cleveland Ship Building Company in 1890

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One of the many mansions on Millionaire's Row Euclid Avenue 1890

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The Blizzard of 1913

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Rockefeller himself in, yes, East Cleveland

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The Central Market on East 4th Street in 1946

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The Cuyahoga Building in 1893

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The riverbank "The Flats" back in 1870

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Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1931

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Millionaire's Row

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Euclid Beach

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First Baptist Church on East 9th in 1875

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Public Square in 1910

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Public Square celebration of Germany's Victory over France in the Franco Prussian War in 1871

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Haymarket on Ontario Rd in 1930

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A Lorain-Carnegie Bridge pillar and their craftsmen

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Ah streetcar suburb in the 1920s

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The May Company Building in 1941

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The Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy 1950 (wow its still the same today!)

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Public Square facing the terminal in 1929

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Artist touching up a mural in 1938 (wow holding a cig and messy hair, again, so little has changed haha)

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A Nike Missle in 1958

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Wade Lagoon in 1900

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Public Square in 1895

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The Perry-Payne Building in the 1880s

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Constructing Terminal Tower in 1927

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What was originally proposed

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1970 war protesters at CWRU

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Public Square 1943

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more pictures here

http://ech.cwru.edu/ech-cgi/gal-frame.pl

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Fantastic pictures. I love old urban pictures. It makes makes you realize just how much the urban core was the center of activity.

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I love these history threads and this one covers a lot of history from Rockefeller Sr. to Vietnam War protest.

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random fact that for you zaceman,

 

Jeptha Wade (as in wade lagoon) used to be the mayor of east cleveland.....oh the difference today (and yes, noting rockefellers' mansion)

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^ oh i know! its actually still there today if im not mistaken. right next to Erieview plaza/tower

 

Yea the East Cleveland phenomenon heh theres also an old fashioned law in the books that force a certain section of Cleveland Heights students to go to East Cleveland schools. Of course it was used so that white kids who couldnt afford to live in E Cleveland that lived in the heights to go to a nice school. Ha... today thats why theres a "bad part" and a "good part" of cleveland heights heh.

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"oh i know! its actually still there today if im not mistaken. right next to Erieview plaza/tower"

 

Nope - you might be thinking of St. John's Cathedral, which is a few blocks south of the Tower at Erieview.

 

The First Baptist Church once stood at the southwest corner of East Ninth (formerly Erie Street) and Euclid Avenue. The Euclid/Ninth Tower (built as the Schofield building but covered with an awful 'modern' facade) was built on the site. Click here to see it: http://www.clevelandpostcards.com/images/postcards/eastninthcorridor.jpg

 

More info at http://www.firstbaptistcleveland.org/about_history.php

 

Great collection of incredible pics!

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Zaceman, you're right in your comment on the first photo; the streetcars ran in the subway and lower deck of the D-S bridge from its opening until the end of service in 1954. I'm not absolutely sure, but I think the structure in the right foreground of the photo may be one of the subway station entrances. In the right middle distance the piers are in place for the Union Terminal Viaduct (now used by the Rapid to the West Side), but the structure hasn't been finished. It was completed in 1929. Although it's hard to tell from the distance, there may still be scaffolding around the top of Terminal Tower; I think this photo was taken at about the same time as the photo of the tower under construction.

 

Marvelous collection of photos. If you haven't attended the bridge-subway tour, I recommend it. If they follow the established pattern, the next date will be Saturday of Labor Day Weekend; you can find out for sure from the office of the Cuyahoga County Engineer.

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@ monte - here's a pic of Public Square from a few years ago - this was taken from the top of Key Tower by Paul_In_Cleveland, a forumer from SSP, who took this photo laying down and hanging his camera over the edge of the tower - some 800 feet above street level (a much braver man than I!)

 

It hasn't changed that much - the Soldiers and Sailors quadrant (upper left) has looked pretty much like that since 1894. Off to the left you can see the atrium of the BP Tower. The quadrant in the upper right is where the Terminal Tower is located. The quadrant in the lower left is pretty similar to the historic photos as is the quadrant in the lower right.

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Another view, closer to ground level from the 10th floor of the Society for Savings building:

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@unusualfire - like Idora Park and other historic 'inner-city' amusement parks, Euclid Beach was affected by suburban sprawl and neglect - however I've heard that some of the rides are in storage and may be put to use as part of Cleveland's lakefront plan - who knows if that will happen.

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Random fact: Memphis Kiddy Park in Brooklyn, Ohio (near Cleveland) has the oldest standing steel coaster in existance. Who knew, eh.

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In my hometown of Wickliffe, John D's brother Frank Rockefeller had his estate, which was razed to put up my alma mater Wickliffe High.  I wonder if there are any pics of that.  The only remains are the carriage house, which is used for the Board of Education, and some brick trail outlining leading down to the pond in the woods adjacent to the school.

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^on that thought,

 

the reason Severance Town Center has the name severance is b/c it was the former estate of "that" severance.

 

And where the current musicians tower is (coventry area tall building) i believe is the former site of jeptha wade's home.......(i could be wrong but it was one of those old famous clevelanders)

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Anyone know how long that archway was in Public Square?

Speaking of that picture, you will notice the statue of Perry.  That statue was moved something like ten times, I think it is still on the site of the old Clevelad Aquarium.

Great pics, loved the one of the craftsmen on the L-C bridge pillar

 

Someone help me with this one, still on the arch pic.  Were the first electric arc lamps, invented by Charles Brush, first used on Public Square?  And if so, are those the ones near Perry's statue?

1000 points for the correct answer

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No, the arch was temporary (lasted for the three-day celebration), as was the much larger one built for city's centennial in 1896. The lamps in the picture with the arch are likely gas lamps, as Charles Brush didn't demonstrate the outdoor electric arc light until eight years later, on April 29, 1879.

 

Do I get 1,000 points?

 

KJP

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Euclid Beach.

The childhood place of my dreams!

My uncle worked for GE at Nela Park  (is that in East Cleveland?), and every year they would rent the Euclid Beach for an all day company party.

The Racing Coasters!

The Butterflies!

Laughing Sal!

 

Most of Euclid Beach is Condos now, but I seem to have read that part of it is preserved.

Has there been a Euclid Beach thread or one on other late great Ohio amusement parks?

 

I remember Memphis Kiddieland (in Brooklyn?) it seemed real sucky compared to EB or Cedar Point ...

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yes.  nela park is in east cleveland and memphis kiddiepark is in brooklyn.

 

the only remaining element that on the property of euclid beach that tells you of the previous existence of a park is the entrance archway.

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That, and the splash fountain plus the remaining portion of the pier that doubled as a place for fishing and as a dock for passenger boats. But, you'd have to know the park's history to know what that big circular concrete thing is next to the pier. Most would never know it was a fountain for people to play in (it also had a splash tower in the middle of it).

 

KJP

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I found a few photos that my great grandfather had taken in the 40s and 50s... im sure on actual dates.  i think i posted a few of these before, maybe two or three, but i found a whole bunch more.

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Some really good photography there.  I especially like the lighting in the picture of the Coast Guard Station.

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yea and i gotta say, the scanner doesnt do them justice.  i was really excited to find these, apparently some of them made it into the cleveland press back in the day

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Superb photos. In one of the photos of Terminal Tower from beneath the Detroit-Superior bridge you can see a passenger train on the Cleveland Union Terminal viaduct (I know...a one-track mind <---ouch!).

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Nice.  You note general dates,  but I'm trying to Sherlock Holmes the exact time period on some of these.  While the clothing styles and cars look like 40s/50s, you've got the Hanna Fountains which, I thought, weren't built until 1964... but I could be wrong.

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well the thing is, the photos im sure vary over a few decades.  he had a long career as a photographer.  i said 40s/50s thinking over a time period of 20 years.  btw where were those fountains located??

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