I think Chris will enjoy this. The blog is a couple of years old but still very timely. Boy do I remember when that river caught fire. We watched it burn on local TV.
My friend, Aaron, was a high school junior at Cleveland, Ohio in 1969. He remembers how his fellow Clevelanders used to ridicule the nasty Cuyahoga river. The Cuyahoga oozed its way through the city, brown with oily, bubbling goo. The Federal Water Pollution Control Administration once noted that the lower Cuyahoga had no visible forms of life.
Cuyahoga is the Iroquoi name for “the crooked river” that winds its way through Northeastern Ohio. The two branches of the short river emerge from fresh water springs that come together as the main Cuyahoga. The river cuts through forests and farmland. When it reaches the Akron vicinity, it meets a continental divide that forces a northwesterly flow.
This stretch from Akron to Cleveland is the lower Cuyahoga where the Ohio & Erie Canal ran parallel to it. This section of the river has been the home to intense industrial activity lining the…
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