“Now it’s a mighty long way down the dusty trail… and the sun burns hot on the cold steel rails…”

“All the Way From Memphis” – Mott the Hoople (1973)

Abandoned trains at the rail yard outside of the ArcelorMittal steel mill along Quigley Road in Cleveland’s industrial flats.

Photos taken January 7, 2016


“You had your time, you had the power…”

“Radio Ga Ga” – Queen (1984)

(55 photos)

At the corner of Cedar Ave. and Ashland Avenue, on Cleveland’s east side, sits a relic– today in defiance to the demolition wrecking ball — a remnant of Cleveland’s booming industrial past.

Created to power the electric rail streetcars of the day, the Cedar Avenue powerhouse of the Cleveland Electric Railway Company was opened on December 18, 1888, as perhaps the most modern, state of the art facilities of it’s kind.

Long since closed, gutted and used as a make-shift storage area, after being sold, traded, handed down, through the years–and finally abandoned, like so many old buildings…  The building seems structurally sound–it’s interiors, a labyrinth of passageways and tunnels– and left behind pieces of history. Detailed information and photos of the massive interiors showing the generators and other equipment as it looked in it’s hey-day were recorded in an article in the April 1, 1902 edition of The Engineer, entitled “The Evolution of Electric Railway Power Plant Apparatus, as Illustrated by the Cedar Avenue Station of the Cleveland Electric Railway Co.” (link to article).

Photos taken June 29, August 5, and  October 27, 2015

“…Let there be guitar… and there was guitar… LET THERE BE ROCK…”

“Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC (1978, Live @ the Apollo Theatre)

(5 photos)

Cleveland Rocks at the construction site of the new I-90 bridge across the Flats, that will sooth some of the east-west traffic woes in and out of downtown.

Photos taken May 20, 2015

“…The blacksmith and the artist reflect it in their art… forge their creativity… closer to the heart…”

“Closer to the Heart” – Rush (1977)

When a business stays vibrant and prosperous for over 100 years– especially in a competitive, Capitalist Free Market system, it speaks volumes about the highest standards of quality, dedication, and perseverance that that company undoubtedly has had to maintain over the course of time.

One such company, The Rose Iron Works, located at 1536 East 43rd Street, between Payne and Superior Avenues in Cleveland, has been established at this address since 1911 and along the way has successfully made an outstanding name for itself as a maker of the finest decorative metal works available anywhere in the world.

Founded by Hungarian-born, American immigrant, and master craftsman blacksmith Martin Rose– the Rose Iron Works has been a family owned and operated business since it’s inception in 1904. Martin Rose chose Cleveland to embark into the new world with his family, for the city’s international reputation as a standard bearer in steel production and metalworking. He also believed in Cleveland’s promise of greater opportunity for him and his family.

Over the years the firm has catered to those desiring customized, ornate wrought iron and stainless steel decor. The best residential and commercial architects of the time during the company’s development, all sought The Rose Iron Works “touch,” to add further distinction to their architectural building projects including Walker and Weeks, and Charles Schweinfurth, (highlighted regularly in this blog.)

Today, the heritage, artistry and direction of the Rose Iron Works is in the hands of grandson, Bob Rose.  And like his father, uncles and grandfather, before him, the company continues to offer only the finest one-of-a-kind, custom-made forged metal creations.

Photos taken August 27, 2015

“Along the river of men…”

“River of Men” – Tom Waits (1998)

(18 Photographs)

During the Industrial Revolution of the mid and late 1800’s, up and down Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, heavy industry flourished and was responsible for the growth of the city– from a small village to a major metropolis, by the end of the 19th century.

John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company was chief among the Cleveland based companies that utilized the river as a transportation solution, distributing across the nation, product from its Cleveland oil refineries. Resulting from the new technologies derived by the Standard Oil Company, chemical companies began populating the area in abundance.

In 1871, three enterprising men of the time– Henry A. Sherwin, Alanson T. Osborn, and Edward P. Williams formed a partnership and created Sherwin, Williams, & Company, a paint manufacturing and retail company, headquartered in a long-since-demolished building on Cleveland’s Superior Street, in an area today known as Public Square. Taking advantage of the rich, local chemical availability, the firm became one of the first in the country to concentrate on producing ready-mixed paint and lacquers for retail consumption.

In 1874, the group purchased from J. D. Rockefeller, the Standard Oil cooperage building, which produced the wooden barrels that the company used at the time to transport Standard Oil’s refined oil products that were “barreling” out of Cleveland to a nation thirsty with consumption.

Once the transaction was complete, and the necessary equipment and materials were moved in, the building (pictured above), along the Cuyahoga River, at 601 Canal Street, became the manufacturing home of the Sherwin-Williams Company, producing paste paints, oil colors, and putty.

The company greatly flourished over the years, opening plants all across the nation. Today, a national brand, with headquarters still in Cleveland, and thousands of retail stores nationwide– the old “cooperage building”– The original Sherwin-Williams paint factory, remained opened and in production until 1982.

Photos taken July 29, 2015

“…where no one asks any questions… or looks too long in your face…”

“Darkness at the Edge of Town” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1978)

On the west bank of the Cuyahoga River– A building on Scranton Road in the industrial Flats of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken May 21, 2015

“Things are different today, I hear every mother say… cooking fresh food for her husband’s just a drag… so she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak…”

“Mother’s Little Helper” – The Rolling Stones (1966)

The two entrance ways into the once– supermarket giant “Fisher Brothers” Bakery and Warehouse, built in 1916, at 2323 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland.

Incorporated in Cleveland in 1908, by brothers Manning and Charles Fisher, the food retail company grew handily with sales reaching over $18 million and over 300 food stores in Northern Ohio, by 1928.

In 1961, the name of the company was changed to Fisher Foods, Inc.  During the years prior to this, Fisher Brothers had become the largest retail food distributor in Cleveland. But by 1965, the company only held 12 percent of the Cleveland market. In that year the fledgling firm merged with Fazio’s and Costa supermarkets, who were prospering as part of the Stop-N-Shop Super Markets Association.

Although Fisher Foods maintained solvency and in some cases, prosperity throughout the 1970’s and 80’s under a variety of different marketing names and outlets, in 1997 all of Fisher Foods financial holdings were sold to the Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Supermarkets for $403 million.

Today the 420,000 square foot Fisher Brothers building, with it’s elegant entrance ways on Lakeside Avenue, is leased as loft-style commercial warehouse space.

Top photo taken March 24, 2014
Middle and bottom photos taken June 16, 2015

“It was the heat of the moment…”

“Heat of the Moment” – ASIA (1982)

(19 Photos)
In an area on Cleveland’s east side that was once filled with heavy industry and commerce, today only hints of that glorious history still exist in the shadows. At the corner of Central Avenue and East 67th street one such structure-as evidence, holds on by a string.

The Cleveland Co-Operative Stove Company was established at this site in the late 1800’s and eventually expanded it’s operations to several other manufacturing locations nationally. The company produced an extensive line of large, highly ornate, coal-burning cook stoves, ranges and heaters. In 1909, as technology provided, a full line of gas ranges was introduced by the company.

From the top: Photos 1, 10, 15 and 18 taken April 27, 2015. Photos 2 – 9, 11 – 14, 16, and 17 taken May 1, 2015

The above advertisement appeared in the July 1895 issue of “Stoves and Hardware Reporter”

“…a heavy prize to the falling god of speed and steel”

“Dark Eyes” – Bob Dylan (1985)

An underside view of the eastern end of the Main Avenue Bridge, at the West 9th Street and Main Avenue intersection in the Warehouse District of Downtown Cleveland. The “cantilever truss bridge” was completed in 1939, and spans the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s “Flats” (at the bottom of the hill in this picture.) This steel-made bridge connects the east and west Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (Route 2) and is widely used by commuters on the west side of Cleveland who work in downtown. During a time in my life, I traveled the high speed freeway daily, living in the near-westside Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, and working in downtown.

Photo taken May 21, 2015

“…and he had something relevant to say… now he sits alone in his chair…”

“Mr. Gray” – The Happy Bullets (2005)

A small patch of serenity at the busy intersection of Euclid and Chester Avenues, on Cleveland’s East side–part of University Circle’s Wade Park. An ode to Cleveland native, Republican United States Senator, political power broker, and industrialist Marcus Alonzo Hanna (1837 – 1904.)

The monument, was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an American sculptor, who was responsible for the design of the $20 “double eagle” gold piece, produced by the United States Mint between 1907 and 1933, considered today to be one of the most exquisite coins ever minted in the U.S. The monument’s base was created by Henry Bacon– famous for his design of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.

The inscription on the monument’s base reads:

“This monument is erected by friends and fellow citizens commemorating his efforts between capital and labor and his useful citizenship and distinguished public service.”

The Hanna Monument was unveiled to the public on May 24, 1908.

Photo taken October 28, 2014

“…as railhead towns feel the steel mills rust… water froze in the generation…”

“Straight to Hell” – The Clash (1982)

Four photos of The ArcelorMittal Cleveland Steel mill yards in the industrial flats along the Cuyahoga River, and the adjoining rail yards where cars await unloading. Steel has been produced at this site since the days of Carnegie and Rockefeller and has been the source of employment for generations of Cleveland families.

Photos taken May 9, 2014

“Bridges of muscles spanning so long and high…”

“Towers of London “ – XTC (1980)

Looking northeast, descending from Ohio City, down Main Avenue into Cleveland’s Flats, where trucks haul loads of road salt from the salt mines under Lake Erie. Above, the thusly named Main Avenue Bridge, built in 1939, stretches 8,000 feet across the Flats connecting the East and West Shoreway that runs through the city, along the lake.

Photo taken January 9, 2015

“Oh the fishes will laugh as they swim out of the path, and the seagulls they’ll be smiling… The hour that the ship comes in…”

“When The Ship Comes In” – Bob Dylan (1964)
“When The Ship Comes In” – The Lumineers (2008)

(11 photos)

On a blistery cold day, in the shadows of the skyscrapers that mark downtown Cleveland, Ohio… The freighter BUFFALO, of Wilmington, Deleware, makes it’s way up the icy waters of the Cuyahoga River. The Seagulls, in mass, illuminate the sky and water as only winter invites…

Photos taken January 9, 2015

“Run softly, blue river… run cool and deep… run softly, blue river… my darlin’s asleep…”

“Run Softly, Blue River” – Johnny Cash (1958)

The Cuyahoga River at Dusk, as it makes it’s way through Cleveland’s industrial flats.

Photo taken November 10, 2014

“Through the streets, every corner abandoned too soon… set down with due care… don’t walk away in silence.. don’t walk away…”

“Atmosphere” – Joy Division (1980)

A bird’s eye-view of some of the historic, old homes on Cleveland’s East 89th Street. In the distance, the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company’s Lakeshore Plant, and the fresh waters of Lake Erie.

Photo taken November 7, 2014

“…and I feel, so much depends on the weather…”

“Plush” – Stone Temple Pilots (1993)

On a chilly day back in February– the Eagle Avenue Bridge over the Cuyahoga River, and the city’s venerable old sir, the Terminal Tower. The bridge was completed in 1928 and was Cleveland’s first “lift span bridge,” connecting to a viaduct which enabled residents and workers an artery from the low lying flats of the river valley to downtown, which is at a significantly higher elevation. By 2005, the viaduct was demolished due to deterioration and the bridge closed. It still stands today, however– one of the many beautiful bridges from yesterday that span the Cuyahoga River in the Flats.

Photo taken February 20, 2014

“…by the Catholic monochrome…”

“Adrenochrome” – Sisters of Mercy (1982)

[14 photos]

Towering high above the modest homes on Scranton Avenue, in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood on Cleveland’s near-west side: Saint Michael Archangel Church.

Work to build this majestic High Victorian Gothic Roman Catholic church was begun in 1889 and completed in 1892. Today, it’s once buff-colored Berea Sandstone exterior has taken on a granite-like black patina–evidence from the nearby steel mills smoke and soot billowing into the air for a century, plus.

Originally built for worship by the neighborhood’s sizable German immigrant population, many who worked in the steel mills, Saint Michael Church was Cleveland’s tallest building from it’s opening until 1924. Today it still stands as the city’s tallest church.

Over the years, with changing demographics, the Clark-Fulton neighborhood became home to a growing Hispanic/Latino population, and the Church adapted. In 1971 Saint Michael Archangel Church offered it’s first Mass said in Spanish. Today the Church caters almost exclusively to Spanish speaking Clevelanders living on the near-west side.

Photos taken September 22, 2014

“…and the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love…”

“Pompeii” – Bastille (2013)
[21 photographs]

Left for dead. That’s what it seemed like– this old industrial plant, built in 1922. I ventured in one afternoon not knowing what I would find beyond the sight-lines that the broken out windows at street level afforded me on a previous visit, a few weeks earlier. One of my many lunch time adventures, clad in dress pants, shirt and tie… polished dress shoes… exploring a long since abandoned factory in a desolate part of town that people tell me I shouldn’t venture into. But I really do live for these places. My camera and I (eye.)

Located on Ashland Road, somewhere between Cedar and Central Avenues, on Cleveland’s east side, the six-story structure was built by Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, as an additional piece to their, then, existing complex of factory buildings lining Ashland Road. Numerous subsidiaries of Westinghouse as well as other separately owned corporations utilized this brick and mortar facility over the years. During World War II activity soared to peak production at the site when the Thompson Aircraft Products Company (Tapco) called the facility home and military aircraft parts were produced to sustain America’s air superiority against the Axis Powers. A series of other manufacturing tenants followed after the war. It is unclear as to the exact date, but some time at the end of the 1970’s the premises were vacated for the last time and the building was foreclosed.

Over the years following it’s closing, like so many others of it’s kind– the Westinghouse factory building was torn and frayed by vandals and vagrants and “urban artists.” As pictured above, a total ruination of a once proud building— stripped of everything that could be taken and used as an illegal dumping ground. It looks as if some formal wrecking has taken place as well. But in spite of all the crumbling and blight that has taken place– My imagination, as I investigated the wreckage that has evolved, was not hindered. A rigorous past… men and women who earned their days wages… churning machinery. Turn of the century electrical innovations… American war planes flying over Nazi Germany, housed with Cleveland made high-altitude fuel systems. All of this and more hidden within the fractured remnants of this place on Ashland Road on Cleveland’s east side.

Photos taken July 3 and August 8, 2014

“Let the stories be told… let them say what they want… let the photos be old… let them show what they want…”

This photo is taken from the promotional booklet entitled “Then and now, the story of the Cleveland Leader and the Cleveland News” printed in 1913

“Let the Good Times Roll” – The Cars (1978)

On October 21, 1911, ground was broken at the corner of East 6th Street and Superior Avenue for what was later hailed as “the finest Newspaper plant and Office Building in the world”– home to two local newspapers, The Cleveland News, and The Cleveland Leader.

Designed by architect Charles Adams Platt, the Fifteen-floor building rises above a beautifully detailed lobby complete with Famousa marble flooring, imported from Germany, and elegant Bronze grill work, throughout.

The fate of the two newspapers was eventually taken over by current daily Cleveland Newspaper, The Plain Dealer, after a series of mergers and acquisitions.

Today the building provides office space for Cleveland’s bustling downtown business district.

Photos taken June 9, 2014

“You’ll wind up in some factory that’s full-time filth and nowhere left to go…”

“Don’t Go Back to Rockville” – REM (1984)

A collection of 17 photos I took of the historic Warner & Swasey Company factory building located at 5701 Carnegie Avenue near E. 55th Street, on Cleveland’s east side. I snuck into the old building on my lunch hour one day and climbed to the top in amazement.

The factory was built in 1881 and was the fruition of owners Worcester P. Warner and Ambrose Swasey. The factory produced turret lathes, but was more famous for it’s precision astronomical telescopes and other optical instruments.

In 1886, the largest telescope in the world, at that time, was created at this site for the Lick Observatory in California. Other Warney and Swasey telescopes were produced for the United States Naval Observatory, the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, in Canada, and the Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin, to name just a few.

Because the turret lathes were far more profitable to make, this is what the company concentrated on in the 20th Century. By World War II, employing over 7,000 people, over half of all such lathes produced in the United States were manufactured in Cleveland by Warner and Swasey.

The beautiful structure has been ransacked over the years following it’s closure in 1983. The walk through to the top was fascinating, knowing the work that had been done there, and the age of the structure. The city is going through a 3 Million Dollar remediation project funded by the Federal Government to clean up and restore the old Warner & Swasey factory, but these days, from the evidence that I saw, not much has been done (or even started.) Eventually it is hoped that the facility can be refurbished into new offices, labs, and warehouse space and play a vital role in the continual development of Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor.

Interior photographs taken May 13, 2014
Exterior facade photographs taken May 21, 2014

“…them smokestacks reachin’ like the arms of God… into a beautiful sky…”

“Youngstown” – Bruce Springsteen (1995)

Old factories and warehouses can be some of the most interesting landscapes to capture on camera. Towering smokestacks jetting into the sky add to the whole mystique of these buildings. Across the city of Cleveland are dozens of these relics. These are a few of my favorites.

Top photo: The abandoned Joseph and Feiss Company Warehouse, built in 1921. Photo taken November 4, 2013.

Middle photo: Abandoned warehouse at East 49th Street and Lakeside Avenue. Photo taken October 28, 2013.

Bottom Photo: Built in 1892 – The Power House, created to provide electricity for the streetcars run by the Woodland & West Side Street Railway Company. Located on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River, in the flats. Today the building is home to the Cleveland Aquarium. Photo taken March 28, 2013

“…and all I do is pour… black coffee… since the blues caught my eye…”

“Black Coffee” – Peggy Lee (1953)

And for comparison purposes, the last picture in this 4 picture set– taken by an unnamed photographer in the early 1950’s (courtesy of The Chesler Group.)

At the northwest corner of Detroit Avenue and West 29th Street, on Cleveland’s near-west side, sits a refurbished relic from days gone by… Originally built in 1895 to house the Cleveland Steel Range Company, and later a different company that produced pistons for automobiles and airplane engines, the Van Rooy Coffee Company purchased and moved into the Romanesque-Revival style industrial building in 1935. The company provided “Hotel Quality” roasted Arabica coffee beans from Brazil and around the world as well as teas and spices from The Orient, and quickly developed a “second-to-none” reputation for the highest quality of products. The Van Rooy Coffee Company, still in operation, moved from this building in 2003, to a site just outside Cleveland. The old Van Rooy Building is listed both on the National Register of Historic Places and the Cleveland Landmark Registry.

First three photos taken April 8, 2014

“…they think that I got no respect, but… everything means less than zero…”

“Less Than Zero” – Elvis Costello and the Attractions (1977)

Found in the old steel yards down in the industrial flats of Cleveland.

Photo taken January 16, 2014

“Alright don’t worry even if things end up a bit too heavy… we’ll all float on… alright… already we’ll all float on…”

“Float On” – Modest Mouse (2004)

On the Cuyahoga River, in downtown Cleveland, where the river exits out into Lake Erie–“American Courage,” a river-class vessel heading in to it’s next destination. The American Courage was built in 1979 by the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Bay Shipbuilding Corporation. It is powered by two 3500 Horse Power diesel engines. It also is equipped with 1,000 Horse Power “bow” and 600 Horse Power stern thrusters to negotiate tight waters in port, or on rivers such as the Cuyahoga.

Photo taken on October 4, 2013

“…but some how the vital connection is made.”

“Connection” – Elastica (1994)

One of the many bridges that connect east with west, over the Cuyahoga River flats–the Interstate 90 Bridge looking east toward downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken December 11, 2013

“…yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light… The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight…”

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” – Elvis Presley (1957)

Christmas Season in the Industrial Flats of Cleveland…

Photo taken December 5, 2013

“…and I’m a skinny little boy from Cleveland Ohio, come to drink your women and chase your beer…”

“Skinny” – Alex Bevan (1976)

The grand daddy of local breweries in Cleveland, The Great Lakes Brewing Company was established in the Cleveland west side neighborhood of Ohio City, across from the West Side Market, in 1988. Today, the vastly expanded brewery is a favorite brew pub and restaurant night spot, where connoisseurs and happy-hour partiers can hang out, drink and eat. In 2011, The Great Lakes Brewery was the 18th largest craft-brewery in the United States. The beer is phenomenal! In the warm months in Cleveland, the establishment’s sidewalk patio along Market Avenue is THE place to be!

Photos taken November 14, 2013

“Pretty Good Year”

“Pretty Good Year” – Tori Amos (1994)

Former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company World Headquarters are being transformed into a modern “live, work and play” mixed-use urban attraction on Akron, Ohio’s east side. Goodyear is moving into new facilities in the city, and the historic, old buildings that were vital to Akron’s development as the “rubber capital of the world”–1.7 million square feet, in all, are being redeveloped through an ambitious urban renewal project called “East End.”

Photo taken November 23, 2013

“Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirits… he runs… wishing he could fly…”

“Helplessly Hoping” – Crosby, Stills and Nash (1969)

The Cleveland Public Power Plant (formerly the Municipal Light Plant) sits on the shores of Lake Erie, near downtown Cleveland. The artwork “The Song of the Whales” painted by artist Robert Wyland, was completed in 1997, and is one of many “Whaling Walls” that the artist has rendered. The Cleveland example is number 75 in his “collection” of 90 such mural paintings nationally. The dimensions of the art, which is readily viewable from I-90 heading into downtown, is 300 feet long, and 108 feet high. Definitely a site to see when visiting the city!

Photo taken November 5, 2013

“…and it’s on that lonesome railroad track… I’m gonna lay my burden down.”

“Boxcars” – Joe Ely (2008, live)

At address 1262 E. 49th Street just north of St. Clair Avenue, in an old, light-industrial area of Cleveland’s east side is where you can find these long since abandoned “lonesome” railroad tracks…

Photo taken October 28, 2013

“We could build a factory… and make misery… we’ll create the cure… we made the disease…”

“Misery” – Soul Asylum (1995)

Taken behind the Steelyard Commons, adjacent to the Cleveland westside neighborhood of Tremont: One of the two, Arcelor-Mittal Steel blast furnaces that exist in the Cuyahoga River industrial flats. This factory has history dating back to 1873. The Plant covers over 950 acres of land, and employs over 1,243 hourly employees.

Photo taken November 1, 2013

“There’s an oil barge winding… down the Cuyahoga River…”

“Burn On” – Randy Newman (1972)

Three photographs of the Center Street Bridge, located in the heart of the “Flats” near downtown Cleveland. The first two photographs, looking south eastward, show a freighter ship as it approaches the bridge and as the “Bob-tail Swing Bridge” moves into passing position and allows ships slowly through the narrow channel. The Center Street Swing Bridge was built in 1910 providing foot and automobile traffic to travel east and west across the river. Once the most popular form of bridge in the U.S. today it is the only one of it’s kind still in operation in the State of Ohio. Towering above the Center Street Bridge is the mighty Detroit-Superior Avenue Bridge, built later. The third photograph from street level shows the Center Street Bridge from the east bank of the Cuyahoga River spanning across the waterway.

Top photo taken September 23, 2013
Middle photo taken September 6, 2013
Bottom photo taken August 15, 2012

“In this dirty old part of the city… where the sun refuse to shine… people tell me there ain’t no use in trying…”

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” – Eric Burden and The Animals (1965)

An old warehouse loading station on the east bank of the industrial flats, near the downtown district of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken March 27, 2013

“…clowns to the left of me– jokers to the right.. here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”

“Stuck in the Middle With You” – Stealers Wheel (1972)

E.36th Street and Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken May 30, 2013

“Up, down, turn around, please don’t let me hit the ground.. tonight I think I’ll walk alone.. I’ll find my soul as I go home”

“Temptation” – New Order (1987)

The Detroit-Superior Bridge, connecting Detroit Avenue on the west side of Cleveland, with Superior Avenue, on the east is one of the area’s many beautiful bridges. The structure was completed in 1918 and at the time was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world. Spanning the Cuyahoga River and the “flats” and being at the edge of downtown Cleveland, a trip across the bridge allows for many wonderful, picturesque vantage points. At 3,112 feet in length, it offers an easy walk or a quick drive from downtown to the Ohio City neighborhood, which sits at the western end of the bridge.

Photo taken March 14, 2013

“Well they blew the horns… and the walls came down… They’d all been warned… but the walls came down…”

“The Walls Came Down” – THE CALL (1983)

A crumbling building facade on Cleveland’s west side–in the West 65th Street area.

Photo taken April 7, 2013

“I know that you want the candy… give me candy I’ve never had… tastes so sweet, makes good love bad…”

“You Want the Candy” – The Raveonettes (2009)

Malley’s Chocolates
13400 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135

Photo taken April 20, 2013

“Seven years went under the bridge, like time was standing still…”

“If You Leave” – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1986)

Standing atop the old Superior Avenue Viaduct, built between 1875 and 1878–looking southwest, toward the modern day, Detroit-Superior Bridge. The twisting, turning nature of the Cuyahoga River, in the Flats of Downtown Cleveland, made an abundance of bridges necessary throughout the relatively small area.

And another, more colorful perspective…

Photos taken March 14, 2013

“We’re American and damn proud of it…”

“Green Mind – DINK (1995)

Cleveland Industry
off the Broadway exit of Interstate 77
near downtown

Photos taken March 9, 2013

“Take me back to Cleveland… I forgot how good this city feels…”

“Any Town USA” – George Thorogood And The Destroyers (2008)

Downtown Cleveland, from the near-west side,
Ohio City
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo Taken January 11, 2013

“I hear the train a comin’… It’s rolling round the bend.. and I ain’t seen the sunshine since.. I don’t know when…”

“Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash (1959)

Cleveland, Ohio
Industrial Flats

Photo taken December 10, 2012

“…going down, to the dirty boulevard…”

“Dirty Boulevard” – Lou Reed (1988)

Jacobs Field (Progressive Field) where the Cleveland Indians play and to the left, Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) where the Cleveland Cavaliers pro basketball team call home. Taken from the near west side neighborhood of “Ohio City” along W.25th Street, overlooking the industrial “flats.”

Photo taken December 3, 2012.

“…’cause I’m a Fool for the City…”

“Fool For the City” – Foghat (1975)

Like the subway systems in other larger cities, Cleveland, Ohio has an above ground public transit system that transports passengers in all directions throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The “Rapid Transit” or “Rapid” is a fun alternative to driving, particularly if you are headed into downtown. On this trip we took my 10 year old niece for an adventure into downtown Cleveland. The train shoots along the rails directly into the Terminal Tower where visitors are within footsteps of all that this metropolitan focal point offers. In this picture, taken from the train, we are cruising beside the Cuyahoga River, over the scenic “Flats,” and moments from our destination.

Photo taken April 12, 2012.

“And I followed you, Big River, when you called…”

“Big River” – Johnny Cash (1958)

The Cuyahoga River
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken October 8, 2012

“And this town… is My town…”

“My Town” – Michael Stanley Band (1983)

A view of the industrial flats and downtown Cleveland, Ohio from the near west side Tremont neighborhood.

Photo taken April 16, 2012

“Stairway to Cleveland”

“Stairway to Cleveland” – Jefferson Starship (1981)

Bridge scaffolding in the flats of Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken August 15, 2012