Edgewater is the place to be during a Cleveland summer, whether you’re wading at the beach, fishing from the rocks or dancing at Edgewater Live. Cleveland bought the land that would become Edgewater Park in 1894. Today the park sits on more than 130 acres and boasts some 6,000 feet of shoreline. Read cleveland.com’s history of…

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The U.S. Coast Guard could sell the bigger lighthouse in Cleveland’s harbor this year. The Guard owns both lighthouses along the breakwall, where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie, said Chris Channels, executive petty officer at the Aids to Navigation Team in Buffalo, which oversees buoys and lighthouse from the St. Lawrence River to Vermilion.…

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To celebrate Sandusky’s big bicentennial, the capital of Lake Erie vacationland is having a ball, plus a Festival of Sail, Founders Weekend parade and fireworks. The city of 25,000 was founded in 1818 and became a major hub for shipping, lumber and ice harvesting before tourism became its flagship industry, led by Cedar Point. “Really,…

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At one point, Sandusky was the largest American producer of ice west of the Hudson River. The ice blocks men harvested from Sandusky Bay were shipped as far as New Orleans, said James Miller, history chair of the city’s bicentennial celebration. “About 25 percent of all able bodied men in the city participated in the…

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Little known fact: Alexander Hamilton started the Coast Guard as 10 ships known as “revenue cutters,” designed to collect tariffs from ships importing goods into the United States. The U.S. Coast Guard – or its predecessors – has enforced tariffs, combated piracy, carried mail, prevented the slave trade, protected government timber and stopped smuggling of…

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  They built the Great Lakes Exposition in 80 days — 135 acres of exhibition halls, theaters and mouth-gaping spectacles on the shores of Lake Erie, to bolster Cleveland in the midst of the Great Depression. Community activist Frank J. Ryan and Public Hall Commissioner Lincoln Dickey dreamed up the idea, and showman Dudley S.…

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Everyone’s heard of Euclid Beach. But what about White City Beach? White City, an amusement park originally named Manhattan Beach, was for a half decade Euclid Beach’s neighbor and competitor, an amusement park with a roller coaster on Lake Erie. It was even operated by a former manager of Euclid Beach, William Ryan. The park…

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