Oct 31 2011

A River Runs Through It – Cleveland Skyline Cuyahoga River


cuyahoga river in cleveland

Today’s Photo: A River Runs Through It

From the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:

“The Cuyahoga River divides the east and west sides of Cleveland. It  originates in springs in the highlands of Geauga County, in the adjoining  townships of Hambden and Montville. The 2 sources, forming the East and West  branches of the river, are 35 mi. east of Cleveland. The river flows southwest  to Cuyahoga Falls, on the northern edge of Akron, where it drops into a large,  deep valley and turns sharply north, thus forming the letter U with its 80-mi.  course. Upon reaching Cleveland, about 6 mi. from its mouth, it becomes a sharply  twisting stream before emptying into Lake Erie. It is believed that the Mohawk  Indians meant “crooked river” when they called it  “Cayagaga,” although the Senecas called it “Cuyohaga,” or  “place of the jawbone.” Originally the old river bed’s last bend took
the mouth westward along the lakeshore to Weddell St. (now W. 54th St.), until  the present mouth was dug in 1827 to form Whiskey Island and a more direct channel which leads straight into Lake  Erie. The business district of the early city fronted on the river, where
steamers, schooners, and canal boats exchanged imported goods for the products  of local industry. In the 1850s and 1860s, shipyards lining the old ship  channel on the west side turned out hundreds of vessels of all classifications.”

For more info:  http://ech.cwru.edu/ech-cgi/article.pl?id=CR9

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Today’s Quote:

“We all have our time machines. Some take us back,  they’re called memories. Some take us  forward, they’re called dreams.”- Jeremy Irons

Oct 28 2011

Bunker Hill Golf Course


Bunker Hill Golf Sunset

Today’s Photo: Bunker Hill Golf Course

From the Bunker Hill Website:

Bunker Hill Golf Course started as the Bunker Hill Farm prior to 1927, this name was given by the early settler, Eden Hamilton in memory of the historical Bunker Hill, near which the Hamilton family lived in the East. Her grandson Walter Kennedy, who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill, acquired the farm land. Bunker Hill Golf Course was purchased in 1939 by Berneta and Roger Ingraham.

Check out their website to find out how you can golf all year round!


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Today’s Quote: “Always do right – this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain

Oct 27 2011

The Cleveland Arcade


Arcade in Cleveland

Today’s Photo: The Arcade

From the Arcade website:

In May of 1890, The Arcade opened its doors as one of the first indoor shopping centers in America. It was designed as a big-city mercantile enter by John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith who modeled it after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. The cost to construct The Arcade was $875,000 then, and was financed by many of Cleveland’s most esteemed businessmen of the late 19th century—among them: John D. Rockefeller, Steven V. Harkness, Louis Severance, Charles Brush and Marcus Hanna. Rockefeller and Harkness are featured on gold emblems on the Arcade’s Euclid Avenue exterior.

Once known as Cleveland’s Crystal Palace The Arcade has always been one of Cleveland’s best-known landmarks. For more than 100 years, The Arcade offered unique shops, services and restaurants among the five indoor balconies and offices in the two ten-story towers. The Arcade was the first building in Cleveland and the ninth in the country to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more info:


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Today’s Quote:

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations – Thomas Jefferson

Oct 26 2011

The Cleveland Playhouse Lobby


Cleveland Playhouse

Today’s Photo: The Cleveland Playhouse Lobby

From the Cleveland Playhouse website:

Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America’s first regional theatre. More than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 productions at Cleveland Play House including more than 130 American and/or World Premieres. Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Bloom and Managing Director Kevin Moore, Cleveland Play House is an artist-driven theatre that serves the Greater Cleveland community by holding true to its mission: To inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards.

This year the Cleveland Playhouse will move operations to the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square Center.

For more info:


Today’s Quote:

“I live halfway between reality and theater at all times. And I was born this way” – Lady Gaga

Oct 25 2011

The Pink Flamingo


Cleveland metroparks zoo birds

Today’s Photo: The Pink Flamingo

From the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo website:

What’s remarkable about a flamingo? Plenty. These birds are pink, have exceptionally long necks and the longest legs, in proportion to body size, of all birds. The beak is uniquely shaped and adapted for pumping and filtering water while feeding on crustaceans and algae in marshes and lagoons. Both in water and on land, flamingos are able to lock their long legs into position for resting and sleeping on one leg.

For info on how you can see more of these amazing birds:


Today’s Quote:

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Oct 24 2011

Severance Hall


Severance Hall in Cleveland

Today’s Photo: Severance Hall


From the Cleveland Orchestra website:

“After the Cleveland Orchestra’s inaugural concert at Severance Hall on February 5, 1931, a Cleveland newspaper editorial stated: “We believe that Mr. Severance intended to build a temple to music and not a temple to wealth; and we believe it is his intention that all music lovers should be welcome there.” John Long Severance was the president of the Musical Arts Association from 1921-1936, and he and his wife Elisabeth donated most of the funds necessary to erect the magnificent building meant to be the permanent home of the Orchestra. Severance Hall was designed by Walker & Weeks with an elegant Georgian exterior that harmonized with the classical architecture of other prominent buildings in the
University Circle area. The interior of the building reflects a combination of design styles, including Art Deco, Egyptian Revival, Classicism, and Modernism. The landmark building was recognized as one of the most modern, up-to-date concert facilities in America when it opened in 1931”.


If you would like to learn more about this building or John Long Severance and his wife Elisabeth I highly recommend the book Lost
Cleveland: Seven Wonders of the Sixth City by Michael Dealoia. You can find it here:


Today’s Quote:

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.Billy Joel

Oct 21 2011

The Cleveland Grays Armory Museum


Grays Armory Museum

Today’s Photo: The Cleveland Grays

It’s Friday so this will be my last post for the week. I hope everyone has enjoyed seeing some “hidden” gems in this city.

Today’s photo is of a bar in a secret room in the Grays Armory in Downtown, Cleveland. It is said that there was a special knock needed to enter this room during prohibition. That being said, you had to be a member of the Grays to even get inside the building. Your chances of being
raided were slim since the Mayor and the Police Chief were members of the Grays as well. Have a great weekend!

Grays Armory is a Cleveland Treasure and I hope it will be around for a long time to come. To find out more about the Cleveland Grays follow these links:



Today’s Quote:

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten. – John F. Kennedy

Oct 20 2011

Inside the Clock Tower


Inside the Clock Tower

Today’s Photo: Inside the Clock Tower

Most Clevelanders have heard of the Old Stone Church. It is a historic Presbyterian church located in downtown Cleveland, and is the oldest building on Public Square. I know that most people know what the church looks like from the outside but I figure few know what the inside of the bell tower looks like. I thought I would show you. This church is an incredible place and I have many more photos of it to share with you.

Today’s Quote:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oct 19 2011

James A. Garfield Monument


Garfield Monument lakeview

Today’s Photo: James A. Garfield Monument

Located in beautiful Lakeview Cemetery, the James A. Garfield Monument is the final resting place of the 20th President of the United States and his family. Lake View’s most famous memorial was paid for by contributions from the citizens of the United States, and dedicated in 1890. It rests on the highest point in the Cemetery. From the second floor balcony, visitors can enjoy a five-mile view of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie.

President Garfield is the only American President that you would be able to visit his birthplace, home and final resting place in one day.

For more info:

On the Monument:    http://www.gfdstudios.com/lakeview/garfield.php

For more information on his birth site, please visit http://www.morelandhills.com/historical_2.html.
His home, the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, in Mentor is owned and operated by The National Park Service. For more information please visit http://home.nps.gov/jaga/index.htm.

Quote of the day: Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life. – James A. Garfield

Oct 18 2011

The Greenbrier Suite


Today’s Photo: The Greenbrier Suite


Greenbrier Suite

This is a photo of the 2 story Great Hall of the Greenbrier Suite. The Greenbrier Suite was secret residence of the Van Sweringen Brothers and it is located inside the Terminal Tower. That’s right, it is located on the 12th, 13th, and 14th floors of the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland.
This stunning home was built to rival the mansions located on Euclid Ave. It was built in English Gothic style with oak paneling and marble fireplaces.

Who are the Van Sweringen Brothers you ask?  Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen were two Clevelanders who created a $3 billion, 30,000-mi.
railroad and real estate empire. They also were the builders of the Terminal Tower and the real-estate developers of Shaker Hts.

For more information:


Today’s Quote:

“We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.”  – Jeremy Irons