Cleveland night skyline © Erik Drost
Founded in 1796, Cleveland became an industrial town
with the opening of the Erie-Ohio Canal that linked the Ohio River
to Lake Erie, and the city's vast iron and coal supplies made it
one of the most important steel and shipbuilding centres in the
A sprawling mass of oil refineries, mills, and
warehouses along the shores of Lake Erie, industrial success poured
money into the city and wealthy tycoons built the downtown area.
Today, it has outgrown its 'steel town' image and is a bustling
city of green parklands and vibrant atmosphere.
Previously mocked for its heavy pollution, its
industrial character has moved beyond the city limits. The downtown
warehouses and factories now house trendy clubs and restaurants,
while museums, and sporting and cultural events attract many
visitors to the city.
The city boasts a world-class orchestra, a celebrated
art museum, lively theatre district, and the restored lakefront
area. Neighbourhoods buzz with restaurants and shops, and the
Flats, once the industrial heart of the city, is now the booming
entertainment and nightlife district of Cleveland.
Other cultural attractions in Cleveland include the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the enormous Great Lakes
Science Center and Cleveland Clinic DOME Theatre, and the
professional sports arenas and stadiums of the Gateway
The historic Warehouse District is downtown's oldest
commercial quarter and is a National Historic Landmark, with over
70 fine examples of Victorian architecture. The old warehouses are
now home to music clubs, galleries and trendy dining spots.
Some miles out of the city centre are two theme parks
with some of the planet's tallest and fastest rollercoaster rides
at the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, as well as the Six
Flags Worlds of Adventure in Aurora.
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