Cuyahoga Valley History: Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley

Cuyahoga Valley History

The Cuyahoga Valley began providing recreation for urban dwellers in the 1870s when people came from nearby cities for carriage rides or leisure boat trips along the canal. In 1880, the Valley Railroad became another way to escape urban industrial life. Actual park development began in the 1910s and 1920s with the establishment of Cleveland and Akron metropolitan park districts. In 1929 the estate of Cleveland businessman Hayward Kendall donated 430 acres (170 ha) around the Richie Ledges and a trust fund to the state of Ohio. Kendall's will stipulated that the "property should be perpetually used for park purposes". It became Virginia Kendall park, in honor of his mother. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built much of the park's infrastructure including what are now Happy Days Lodge and the shelters at Octagon, Ledges, and Kendall Lake.

Although the regional parks safeguarded certain places, by the 1960s local citizens feared that urban sprawl would overwhelm the Cuyahoga Valley's natural beauty. Active citizens joined forces with state and national government staff to find a long-term solution. Finally, on December 27, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the bill establishing the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.

The North Entrance to the Cuyahoga Valley: Cleveland Ohio. 

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Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park


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About this site

This site is dedicated to the local history of Northeast Ohio, particularly the Cuyahoga Valley and its surrounding areas. The owner of this site is a native of this area and a retired Cleveland High School Teacher. He retired from the US Navy prior to his teaching career and has traveled to many different countries.

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This site will periodically feature a local location within the Cuyahoga Valley, or a world location visited by the site owner, with photos and some history of the area.  Click on the Featured Location picture or the Featured Locations tab above to view the featured location. 

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