Our Spring Local History program series continues with an in-depth look at the history of our streams and waterways.
Click the link below to listen to this lecture, and please check out the Cleveland Heights Historical YouTube channel to find more at https://www.youtube.com/user/ClvHtsHistorical.
The Fascinating Saga of Our Pioneer Streams and Lost Water Places of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights
Speaker: Korbi Roberts of the Cleveland Heights Historical Society
So much has been forgotten about the beauty and importance of Cleveland, Ohio’s east side streams and water springs. Farm era, suburban, and then urban development of the past have left the streams polluted and unrecognizable. Over time, the natural ravine areas were covered over, and the streams were banished to run in dark, underground tunnels and pipes. There is renewed interest in bringing these streams back into the light, and back to life, so they can carry on their natural earth processes. Presenter Korbi Roberts highlights historical uses of the streams, and also points out previous and present historic houses along the way – including John D. Rockefeller’s Forest Hill Estate. The presentation will focus on Cleveland Heights, and also show some rarely seen photos, map views to encourage “history field trips,” and a philosophy of sharing our earth with other living things.
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