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Historic Warehouse District

Historic Warehouse District

Posted Nov 10, 2013

The streets of W. 6th, W. 9th and W. St. Clair Streets are lined with restaurants and entertainment venues, making the Warehouse District one of downtown Cleveland’s must-do experiences.  

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C-Town IQ:Fun Facts About Forest City

C-Town IQ:Fun Facts About Forest City

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Famous Firsts

Alan Freed’s Moondog Coronation Ball, held at the Cleveland Arena on March 21, 1952 is regarded as the first ever rock concert.

Cleveland was the world’s first city to be fully lighted by electricity in 1879. 

Cleveland was home to the first traffic light which began operating on August 5, 1914. 

East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light in 1948.

John Lambert of Ohio City made the first automobile in the US in 1891.

Cleveland hosted the first Monday Night Football game between the Browns and New York Jets on September 21, 1970.

The first newspaper for African Americans, The Aliened American was published here in 1853.

The world’s first electric streetcar, invented by Charles Brush, was operated here in 1884.

Cleveland’s 225 kW Vestas machine is the first utility-scale wind turbine to generate electricity in the heart of an American city. It was installed by the Great Lakes Science Center in June 2006.

The first successful blood transfusion was performed in Cleveland, by Dr. George Crile who later founded the Cleveland Clinic.

Euclid Avenue used to be called “Millionaire’s Row” and was home to John D. Rockefeller.

Cleveland was originally spelled “Cleaveland,” named after General Moses Cleaveland. The “a” was dropped so that the name could fit into a newspaper’s masthead.

Playhouse Square Center is the second largest performing arts center in the US. New York City’s Lincoln Center is the largest.

The very popular sitcom, “The Drew Carey Show” was set in Cleveland.

Nicknames for Cleveland include: “The Forest City”, “ “Metropolis of the Western Reserve”, “Sixth City”, “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World”, and “C-Town”.

The first unassisted triple play in a Major League Baseball World Series was completed by second baseman Bill Wambsganss, of the Cleveland Indians, in 1920.

The Arcade, located downtown on Euclid Avenue, was the first large-scale indoor shopping mall in the United States. It first opened in 1890 and was financed in part by two of Cleveland’s most prominent citizens, John D. Rockefeller and Louis Severence among others.

Fun Facts

Life Savers Candy was invented in Cleveland by Clarence Crane in 1912.

The NFL’s Vince Lombardi trophy is awarded to the Super Bowl Champions each year and is handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. It was initially inscribed with the words “World Professional Football Championship” but was officially renamed in 1970 in memory of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi after his sudden death from cancer and to commemorate his victories in the first two Super Bowls. The Lombardi Trophy lives year round at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Historical Facts

Cleveland serves as a destination point for iron ore shipped from Minnesota, as well as coal transported by rail.

John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in Cleveland in 1870.

Many prominent Clevelanders from the industrial era of the early 1900’s are buried in Lake View Cemetery, including President James A. Garfield and John D. Rockefeller.

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union was formed here in 1874 and soon spread throughout the nation.

Terminal Tower, finished in 1930, was the tallest building in the US, outside of New York City until 1964.

The Key Tower is the tallest building in Ohio.

The Olmstead-inspired Cleveland Metroparks System that runs throughout Cuyahoga County, are commonly referred to as the area’s “Emerald Necklace.”

One Playhouse Square was originally used as the broadcast studios of WJW. Alan Freed coined the term “Rock and Roll” while a DJ on this AM station.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the “Big Five” major orchestras in the US. The other four are: the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Symphony.

Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony movie was filmed at the Agora Theater on Euclid Avenue. Other movies filmed in Cleveland include: The Avengers, Stranger Than Paradise, Light Of Day, The Rainmaker, Almost Famous, Welcome To Collinwood, The Deer Hunter and A Christmas Story.

Fashion Week Cleveland, held the first week of May each year, is the third largest fashion week in the US behind New York and Los Angeles.

Cleveland’s sister cities include: Alexandria, Egypt; Bangalore, India; Cleveland, England; Lima, Peru, and Vincenza, Italy.

The high level Lorain-Carnegie Bridge spans across the Cuyahoga River and connects Lorain and Carnegie Avenues. It was renamed the Hope Memorial Bridge in the early 1980’s in honor of comedian Bob Hope’s family who were stone-masons in Cleveland.

Corporate HQs

Applied Industrial Technologies-Supports Maintenance Repair Operations (MRO) and select Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) markets throughout North America.

Eaton-A leading provider of electrical components and systems for power quality for industrial and mobile equipment as well as the aerospace industry.

Forest City Enterprises-A diversified real estate management and development company.

Sherwin Williams-Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866.

Key Corp-The 24th largest bank in the United States by total assets.

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Famous Clevelanders

Famous Clevelanders

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Media, Movies & Music

Steven Adler
Former drummer of Guns and Roses.

Catherine Bach
Known for her role as Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazard.

Halle Berry
This Academy and Emmy Award winning actress has appeared in many blockbusters including Monster’s Ball. She is one of the highest paid in Hollywood and is also a spokeswoman for Revlon.

Drew Carey
Starred in his own TV sitcom, the Drew Carey Show, as well as the improv comedy show Who’s Line Is It Anyway? He is currently the host of the popular TV game show, The Price Is Right.

Tracy Chapman
Singer songwriter best known for her hits “Fast Car’ and “Give Me One Reason” She is a four time Grammy award winner.

Tim Conway
Starred as Charles Parker in the 1960’s comedy series McHale’s Navy and later went on to become a prominent part of the cast of the Carol Burnett Show.

Wes Craven
Director of some of the most memorable horror films of all time including Nightmare On Elm Street and the Scream series.

Phil Donahue
Creator and host of the groundbreaking Phil Donahue Show. He began his career at KYW radio and TV here in Cleveland.

Alan Freed
Famous disc jockey who coined the phrase “Rock n Roll” and one of the first radio hosts to include original songs by African American artists on his program. Freed called his show on Cleveland’s WJW “The Moondog House” and he organized the very first rock concerts and called it “The Moondog Coronation Ball.”

Arsenio Hall
He hosted his own Arsenio Hall Show from 1989 through 1994. In 2012, he won Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Best known for his hit “I Put A Spell On You,” he was one of the earliest shock rock performers.

Hal Holbrook
His performances as Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain are legendary. Also starred in many popular motion pictures including: The Firm, Into The Wild and All The President’s Men

Bob Hope
Vaudeville, Broadway, radio and motion picture star. He is fondly remembered for his series of USO shows that he organized for US soldiers beginning in 1941 and continuing through the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Chrissie Hynde
Leader of the edgy and original rock band the Pretenders, Hynde redefined the female rocker with her unique style. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Pretenders in 2005. She is also a vegan and animal rights activist

Henry Mancini
Composed the themes to the Pink Panther and the Peter Gunn theme as well as Moon River. He was also a seasoned orchestral conductor.

Paul Newman
An award winning actor, he also co-founded Newman’s Own a food manufacturing company that donates all post tax profits to charity. Newman was also a successful auto racing team owner.

Mehmet Oz
Known as Dr. Oz his rise to fame was a result of his many appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster
Created the comic book superhero, Superman, in 1933.

Michael Symon
A James Beard award winning chef and Iron Chef television personality. He can be seen regularly on the Food Network.

Joe Walsh
Member of the James Gang and the Eagles. He has also had a very successful solo career. He spent a considerable amount of time playing in various bands in the Cleveland area while attending Kent State University.

Bobby Womack
Lead singer of the Valentinos and Sam Cooke’s guitarist, Womack has also penned some major hits including It’s All Over Now, made famous by the Rolling Stones.


Bob Feller
One of the best right handed pitchers in baseball history. Entered the major leagues at the age of 17 and pitched 18 seasons with the Cleveland Indians.

Jesse Owens
Olympic sprinter and long jumper. He won four gold medals at the Munich Olympics in 1936.

Don Shula
Coached the Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season in 1972. His career continued and he became one of the winningest coaches in NFL history.

George Steinbrenner III
Owned the New York Yankees for 37 years leading them to seven World Series titles and eleven pennants. Prior to owning the Yankees, he was a successful shipping magnate in Cleveland.

Cy Young
Compiled 511 wins as a Major League Baseball pitcher, which is a record that still holds. One year after his death in 1955, the Cy Young Award was created to honor the previous season’s best pitcher. He also pitched three no hitters.

Innovators and Historical Figures

James A. Garfield
20th President of the United States. His term only lasted 200 days as he was assassinated in July 1881.

John D. Rockefeller
America industrialist and philanthropist. He founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870 and became the first American worth more than a billion dollars. He is also the founder of the University of Chicago and Rockefeller University.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Posted Nov 9, 2013

More than 25 years ago, leaders in the music industry joined together to establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in New York City to celebrate the music and musicians that changed the world.

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Cleveland Sports Report

Cleveland Sports Report

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Home to three professional sports franchises, the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, MLB’s Cleveland Indians and the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland is a booming sports town. With professional sports scheduled year round, chances are you’ll find one of these teams playing at home during your visit.

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are four-time NFL Champions, most recently in 1964, the last professional sports title for the city of Cleveland.

The team is named for their legendary first coach, Paul Brown. Brown led the franchise to a championship in its first year in the NFL, in 1950, and two more in the same decade, in 1954 and 55. The Browns won another title
in 1964. In 1995, Art Modell, the franchise’s owner for the previous forty years, announced he was moving the team to Baltimore, Md. The NFL reluctantly agreed, but forced Modell to give up the team’s naming rights, logo and history.

After ceasing operations for three years from 1996-98, the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999 and the playoffs in 2002. Today, the franchise is led by Super Bowl Champion Mike Holmgren. BizJournal, in an unscientific study, named Browns fans the most loyal in all of sports, citing attendance numbers versus weather climate and team record. A testament to their faith, an organization for Browns fans, Browns Backers Worldwide, and its more than 100,000 members, is considered the largest sports fans organization in the United States.

The Browns franchise has the fourth most players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Among those in the Hall of Fame are Otto Graham, Paul Brown, Jim Brown, and Ozzie Newsome. The movie The Express, which was released in 2008, told the story of Cleveland Browns running back and first African American Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis. Lou Groza, another famous Browns player, has an award at the collegiate football level named after him, given annually to the nation’s best kicker.

The Browns play eight home games a year in Cleveland Browns Stadium at the North Coast Harbor near the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Mr. Rock and Roll

Mr. Rock and Roll

Posted Nov 9, 2013

From his seat behind the microphone at WJW Radio in Cleveland and, later, WINS Radio, deejay Alan Freed did more to spread the gospel of rock and roll during its infancy than any other non-performer.

Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Salem, Ohio, Freed came to WJW as host of a classical music show in February, 1951. He befriended Leo Mintz, owner of Record Rendezvous, a store on Prospect Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Legend has it that Mintz told Freed that numerous white kids were buying black R&B records at his store and convinced Freed to begin playing R&B records on WJW. In fact, the vast majority of Mintz’s customers were African Americans; by getting Freed to play R&B, Mintz thought he could increase his sales.

Nonetheless, on the evening of July 11, 1951, Freed’s R&B show made its debut on WJW. Soon, Freed adopted a new persona – the Moondog, a crazed hipster who talked over the music, howled, pounded on phone books and banged on a cowbell. “Hello everybody,” Freed would say. “How ya’ll tonight? This is Alan Freed, the ol’ King of the Moondoggers, and its time for some blues and rhythm records for all the gang in the Moondog Kingdom.”

By the following January, Freed’s show was causing a stir in Cleveland, and other stations began adding R&B to their play lists. Then on March 21, 1952, Freed, Mintz and Lew Platt, a booking agent and promoter, put on the Moondog Coronation Ball at the old Cleveland Arena on Euclid Avenue. A landmark event in the birth of rock and roll, the Coronation Ball was intended as an R&B concert staring the Dominoes, Paul Williams and Varetta Dillard.

Despite the fact that the concert was only advertised on Freed’s radio show, nearly 20,000 people, mostly black, showed up – twice the capacity of the Arena. They crashed through the doors, knocking down ticket takers and ushers and by 11:30, the police and fire departments had closed down the show.

The riot became national news, and Freed’s popularity escalated. Many now cite the Coronation Ball as the first rock and roll concert and, indeed, it many have been. But even more important, as another Cleveland deejay, Bill Randle, pointed out, was the fact that “it was the beginning of the acceptance of black popular music as a force in radio. It was the first big show of its kind where the industry saw it as big business.

Freed eventually moved to New York, where he grew in national prominence as he continued to promote rock and roll, via his radio show, television, movies and all-star concerts at Brooklyn’s Paramount Theatre. By 1956, Freed was known throughout the country, and he was arguably rock and roll’s best-known booster. But by the end of the Fifties, he was a major target of the payola investigation, charged with illegally taking money in exchange for playing certain records. He eventually relocated to the West Coast, where he died a broken man in 1965.

Alan Freed was inducted into the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. 

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Cleveland Sightseeing

Cleveland Sightseeing

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Cleveland is a vibrant, culturally diverse city that has so much to offer. Perched on the southern shores of Lake Erie, the city is home to a wide variety of entertainment venues and is the urban center of Northeast Ohio. There are plenty of choices when it comes to sightseeing in Cleveland, so this feature highlights a few of the most interesting and convenient tours available.

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Canton, OH: America's Playing Field

Canton, OH: America's Playing Field

Posted Nov 9, 2013

From the nationally known Pro Football Hall of Fame, Wm. McKinley Memorial and Presidential Library and Museum, and First Ladies National Historic Site to the hidden treasures of Amish country, Stark County offers world-class attractions, 21 beautiful golf courses, malls and specialty shops, and unique restaurants with dozens of cuisines.

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RTA Trolley Map

RTA Trolley Map

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Please click the links below to download the PDF maps.

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