Fun Facts About Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland Arcade, opened in 1890, is widely considered the first indoor shopping complex in America. Even better; its beautiful Victorian architecture and iconic skylight is still standing today
Before there was Metropolis, there was Cleveland. When comic writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster first came up with their iconic superhero creation in 1933, they were high school students at Cleveland’s Glenville High School.
The game of golf as we know it today owes a lot to Cleveland. In 1898, a Clevelander and avid golfer named Coburn Haskell inadvertently came up with the wound rubber design of new golf balls. Think of that the next time you hit the links at one of the many golf courses around Cleveland.
The fields of science and technology have both been heavily influenced by some of Cleveland’s best minds. From Charles F. Brush’s 1879 invention of the electric streetlight to full-body scanners and X-ray machines in the 20th century, Cleveland has been a technological center throughout its history.
The roots of rock and roll are quite hard to trace definitively, but one sure thing is that if it weren’t for Cleveland, it wouldn’t have a name. Alan Freed, a radio DJ for WJW Cleveland in the 1950s, was the first to promote this new music under the name “rock and roll.” It is due to his influence on the genre that when it came time to find a city to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Cleveland was the most obvious choice.
The City of Cleveland got its name from its founder, General Moses Cleaveland. Why was “a” dropped? A local newspaper didn’t have enough space on its masthead to fit it, so the letter was cut. The name stuck ever since.
The Cuyahoga River that runs through most of northeast Ohio before depositing in Lake Erie has had an exciting history with Cleveland. The stretch of the river that runs through the City has caught on fire 13 different times!
Area Codes: 216
Zip Codes: 44101, 44102, 44103, 44104, 44105, 44106, 44107, 44108, 44109, 44110, 44111, 44112, 44113, 44114, 44115, 44117, 44119, 44120, 44121, 44122, 44126, 44127, 44128, 44129, 44134, 44135, 44142, 44144, 44181, 44190, 44191, 44192, 44193, 44194, 44195, 44197, 44198, 44199
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