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 country,
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 that today has outgrown its
‘steel town’ image and is a bustling
place, a city of green parklands and lively neighbourhoods
with a vibrant atmosphere.
Once the heavily polluted
victim of much mockery, its industrial character
has moved beyond the city limits and the downtown
warehouses and factories now house trendy clubs
and restaurants, while museums, and sporting and
cultural events attract many visitors to the city.
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