Mar 9 2012

Clevelands Captured Civil War Cannon


Grays Armory

Today’s photo is of the Civil War Cannon located inside Gray’s Armory. The Secesh Cannon was captured by Northern troops during the Civil War. The iron barrel with a 3-inch bore was manufactured in 1861 for the state of North Carolina at Joseph Reid Anderson’s Tredegar Foundry in Richmond, VA, and bears the number 1151. It is on permanent display on the ground floor of Grays Armory in Cleveland. The piece may be the only surviving captured Southern Civil Cannon in any Northern City. Confederate cannon in existence in any major northern city. Confederate cannon in existence in any major northern city.

From the Gray’s Armory website: “Since 1837 when 118 brave men adopted the motto, “Semper Paratus,” (Always Prepared) and where chartered in as an independent militia the Cleveland Grays and their friends have made history. From 1792 to 1903 state and federal law authorized independent militias, private volunteer groups that supplemented the official state militia, and served the community in all the ways that the National Guard does today. The Richardsonian Romanesque Revival-style Armory was built in 1893. Within its imposing walls the armory has also made history by hosting Cleveland’s finest events and its people. This included the first concert by John Phillip Sousa and Cleveland’s first Auto Show”.

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Today’s Quote: “Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”- John Quincy Adams

Jan 30 2012

Grays Armory Billiard Room


Grays armory

Grays Armory Billiard Room

Today’s photo is of the billiard room inside Grays Armory in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Several U.S. Presidents including Teddy Roosevelt shot pool in this very room. Please take a second to read more about his amazing building. For more info:

Today’s Quote: A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. – Theodore Roosevelt

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:!/GraysArmory


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