perfect day for some history and a river
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It was sunny. It was a perfect day. I had never been to Heritage Park before. And it was time for exploring with an adventurous friend who was just as interested in the details—whether rail tracks that abruptly end and a seemingly random monument to those who survived the Irish famine or a freighter navigating the tight bend in the Cuyahoga River and a view of the west bank of the Flats.
There are actually two parks, Heritage Park I and II, that were initiated by the Women’s City Club to commemorate Cleveland’s early history. HP I on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River opened on the 4th of July 1976 and HP on the west bank opened June 1981. HP I features a replica cabin of Lorenzo Carter who arrived in Cleveland from Vermont in 1797, almost a year after Moses Cleaveland had laid out the town and returned to Connecticut. Carter built a log cabin for his family on the east bank and contributed to the development of the city, including serving as the first constable in town.
As Cleveland Historical so colorfully paints: “If there were huge, disease-carrying mosquitoes flying around your house, or if you were told that the Cuyahoga River—steps from your front door—was haunted by Indian spirits, would you stick it out in Cleveland? One man did, becoming Cleveland’s first permanent settler.” That’s the spirit, Lorenzo!
Historical monuments and replicas, access to the river, and plenty to explore. (Not to mention moss, gravel, wood, brick, vegetation…) What else would you ask for in a city park?
Heritage Park Texture