From the tranquil headquarters near Burton to the busy industrial channel in downtown Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River is gorgeous. Photographers captured the river’s beauty, over seasons and years, in the West Creek Conservancy’s Crooked River Contrasts exhibit. Go see it, or see all the photos on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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Newspaper accounts call it the grandest steamship race in maritime history. And it started in Cleveland. Two Michigan-built passenger steamships, the City of Erie and the Tashmoo, raced 94 miles from Cleveland to Erie, Pennsylvania, with thousands of people cheering and more than $100,000 in bets. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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Lakeside Cemetery, on Lake Road in Bay Village, has to be one of the prettiest places to rest in peace.  The land was donated in 1814 by Reuben and Sarah Osborn, when Sarah’s sister, Rebecca Porter, drowned in the Rocky River.  See the cemetery and read the history of some of its inhabitants at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.…

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Remember the beauty pageants at the Burlesque? Or the shaved ice at the Popcorn Ball? Both businesses boomed during the heyday of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio’s first resort.  The strip on Lake Erie is honoring its memories with the Geneva-on-the-Lake Summer Fun Heritage Trail.  See dozens of the signs on cleveland.com.  Share:

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Fishing’s big on Lake Erie, which has 2 percent of the water and 50 percent of the fish in the Great Lakes. The walleye this season are prolific. But in past decades fishing used to be even bigger. The Cleveland breakwalls teemed with anglers. And we’ve got the pictures to prove it. One big draw…

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The cluster of white cottages perch over Lake Erie, connected by neat sidewalks and more than a century of history. Civil War veterans, all members of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, bought the 5 acres in Sheffield Lake in 1908, so they could reunite. The men from Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina counties had marched and…

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Before Lakeside was a family vacation destination, it was a religious tent revival. Lakeside was founded in 1873 during a series of rousing camp meetings organized by the Methodist Church. Attendees stayed in tents, which eventually were built into cottages. And for more comfort, Hotel Lakeside was begun. A year later, the Chautauqua Institution at…

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Cleveland Yachting Club was the first in Cleveland, organized in 1878. Now there are probably a dozen yacht clubs from Lorain to Mentor. They each have storied histories, and flags, and rivalries. Here’s a taste of their history. The group built its first club house in downtown Cleveland, at the base of East 9th Street,…

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North Coast Harbor used to be a parking lot. The water hemmed in by Voinovich Park? Yep, it was blacktop serving Cleveland Municipal Stadium, said Downtown Cleveland Alliance President Joe Marinucci. But for decades long before that, Cleveland’s front porch — downtown district stretching from Burke Lakefront Airport to FirstEnergy Stadium, dubbed “Where the city…

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Bridge Street was a boomtown, built up over a few years, when railroads connected Ashtabula Harbor to the mills of Youngstown and Pittsburgh and iron ore and coal streamed in and out. Near the turn of the 20th century, as many as 65 boats waited, loaded and unloaded by hundreds of immigrants who worked hard,…

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