Destruction of a Cleveland landmark

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 6:38 PM | comments: 0

One thing I've noticed about the Pacific Northwest is that the amount of "old stuff" is not quite as high. Or stuff that is old isn't quite old enough for you to say, "Wow, that's old." What makes that such a surprising observation is just how much history there is in Cleveland.

Case in point, a church back home, near the Cleveland Clinic main campus, was destroyed by fire, apparently started by lightning. Very sad. Cleveland seems to have a lot of those really beautiful, old, century plus stone churches. There are a lot of neat old structures like that, many of them standing in stark contrast to the also beautiful new museums and such.

Some of those places are small and seemingly unremarkable, too. Like the Winking Lizard in Peninsula, in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This place was a small dance hall in the rural area between Cleveland and Akron a hundred years ago. Or the Coliseum building at Cedar Point, host to countless radio broadcasts and concerts during the early big band era.

In traveling around, it's actually remarkable how the age and density of historic stuff is so much higher as you get closer to the Atlantic Ocean. I'm not suggesting that's a surprise, seeing as how that's where European settlers started their conquest there. 


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