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Cleveland (pronounced /ˈkliːvlənd/) is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County the most populous county in the state. The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles (97 km) west of the Pennsylvania border. It was founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, and became a manufacturing center owing to its location at the head of numerous canals and railroad lines. With the decline of heavy manufacturing, Cleveland’s economy has diversified, becoming more service-based, with growth in the financial, insurance, legal, and healthcare sectors. Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cleveland, Ohio, located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone, is on the southern shore of Lake Erie and part of the Great Lakes Region, the country’s largest fresh water resource.
More and more visitors are discovering that one of Cleveland’s best kept secrets is the charm of its neighborhoods, the city’s true heart and soul. Ethnic neighborhoods retain much of their Old World cultural background from food to festivals. Other diverse neighborhoods blend art galleries, indie theatres, gastropubs and blue-collar watering holes. To discover the wonderful treasures of the city of Cleveland, take a tour of its neighborhoods.
Brecksville is a community of the Western Reserve, founded in 1811. Colonel John Breck and several partners purchased the land now known as Brecksville in 1807. They sent a group of men to survey the land and prepare it for settlement. One of these surveyors, Seth Payne returned in June of 1811 to settle with his family and act as a land agent for Colonel Breck. In that same year, six other families came to Brecksville and then shortly thereafter, more families settled. Colonel Breck never settled in the town that was named after him, however, his three sons did. The last member of the Breck family to settle in Brecksville was Dr. Theodore Breck, a great grandson of the Colonel. He practiced medicine in the Breck home on public square until his death in 1934.
Brecksville was incorporated as a village under the laws of the State of Ohio in 1921 and attained City status in 1960 by virtue of its population exceeding 5,000.
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Broadview Heights residents like their city because of its country-like atmosphere and its convenient location. There are homes and neighborhoods to suit most budgets and life styles. Condominium prices range from $60,000 and up, and homes range from $100,000 to over $1,000,000. The Metro Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park are literally a few minutes away, offering picnicking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, skiing, and unspoiled nature.
Conveniently located midway between downtown Cleveland (15 miles) and Akron (20 miles), off of Interstate Route 77 that connects to nearby east and west freeways and the Ohio Turnpike.
Independence, created by a glacier on the west bank
of the Cuyahoga River first sheltered Indians, then became a settlement, grew
with the Ohio and Erie Canal, expanded into a stone quarrying center, then
slumbered along as a farming community until the urbanization of Cuyahoga
County which resulted in its growth as a suburban city.
Nomadic Indians first roamed the area. Permanent Indian settlements occurred
in the 1650′s when several large villages were locally established.
Independence became a transportation crossroads of two well-trodden Indian
trails, the Muskingum Trail and the Mahoning Trail. Today, Independence is still
a crossroads of Northeast Ohio with I-77, I-480, and S.R. 21 all crossing
through its borders.
Independence was organized as a Township around 1814. The first recorded
resident is traced to 1818–Ichabod Lord Skinner, a young farmer, who, by
1834, owned 384 acres around “Skinner’s Hill” (Schaff Road). Ichabod’s
youngest son, David P., built a brick home on “Skinner’s Hill” that still stands
With the opening of the Ohio and Erie Canal in 1827, Independence Township
became accessible to trade and settlers.
After farming, the major industry in early Independence was quarrying. High
quality sandstone and bluestone were quarried for sixty years leaving lovely
lakes and ponds scattered throughout Independence. Local clay deposits also
gave rise to three brick/tile yards of which only one remains today on Stone
Road, DiGeronimo Aggregates.
Independence became a Village in April 1914, and a City in November 1960. In
the early 1960′s, LTV Steel’s Technical Center became the first corporate office
to locate within the City. With the construction of the I-77 and I-480
interchange at Rockside Road, Independence became a strategic location for
growing and established businesses to occupy office space. Rockside Road
became home to more regional and national companies than any other suburb
in Greater Cleveland. As the business community grew, so, too, did
government. In 1982 a state-of-the-art City Hall, the beginning of a municipal
complex located on Brecksville Road, was dedicated.
Revenues from Rockside Road benefit the entire community.
North Royalton was founded in 1818. Knight Sprague, an early settler, had the township named after his native town in Vermont, Royalton. Sometime between 1880 and 1890, the name of Royalton was changed to North Royalton because of another town in Ohio bearing the same name.
On April 4, 1927, the township officially became the Village of North Royalton, and the first mayor, E. C. McCombs, was elected.
The present City Hall was built in 1937. In 1950, with a population of 3939, gas and water lines were brought into areas of the village. The turnpike was constructed through the middle of North Royalton in 1955. On Memorial Day in 1960, a dedication was held at Memorial Park on State Road. In January, 1961, North Royalton officially became a city.
The City of North Royalton is strategically located in southern Cuyahoga County within minutes of three interstate highways (I-71, I-77, and I-480). It is bordered to the west by the city of Strongsville, to the north by the city of Parma, to the east by the city of Broadview Heights, and to the south by the township of Hinckley in Medina County.
North Royalton is a quick 20-minute trip into downtown Cleveland or Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and just 30 minutes from Akron. The unique proximity to two major metropolitan areas ensures easy access to virtually any industrial or commercial product in existence.
Richfield Township was founded in 1809 and originally was twenty-five (25) square miles in size. The Village of Richfield separated from Richfield Township in 2003 and with some land area lost through annexation. This left Richfield Township with its current area of 16.35 square miles. Since the first settler arrived, the Township has evolved to become home to a population of 2,517.
Richfield Township is located in the northwest corner of Summit County and is bounded on the west by Medina County and the north by Cuyahoga County. Adjacent communities include the Townships of Bath & Boston (Summit County), Hinckley (Medina County), the Village of Richfield (Summit County) and the Cities of Brecksville and Broadview Heights (Cuyahoga County). Summit County is named for the highest point along the Ohio-Erie Canal and Richfield is the highest point in Summit County.
Richfield Township is sixteen (16) miles south of Cleveland, Ohio and fifteen (15) northeast of Akron, Ohio with the major highways of Interstate 77, Interstate 271, Ohio Turnpike (I-80), State Route 303 (Streetsboro Road) and State Route 176 (Broadview Road) through the township.