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Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cataract Falls

 
 
Cataract Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 22, 2009
1. Cataract Falls Marker
Inscription. Formed by erosion of Cleveland shale and cascading 48 feet, making it the tallest waterfall in the county, the Cataract Falls of Mill Creek powered the gristmill and sawmill built by William Wheeler Williams and Major Wyatt in 1799. The mills, commissioned by the Connecticut Land Company to encourage settlement of the Western Reserve, attracted people to Newburgh. Cleveland finally outgrew bustling Newburgh by 1830 and eventually annexed most of it. The founding of the Cleveland Rolling Mill in Newburgh, beginning with the firm of Chisholm, Jones, & Company in 1857, precipitated the growth of the steel industry in Cleveland. By 1868, under the management of Henry Chisholm, it became one of the first in the nation to produce steel using the Bessemer process. The Rolling Mill, later the American Steel and Wire Company (a subsidiary of U.S. Steel), purchased the millworks at the falls in 1872.
 
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Cleveland Metroparks, Williams-Swain Family, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 33-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 26.684′ N, 81° 
Cataract Falls Marker location image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 22, 2009
2. Cataract Falls Marker location
The boardwalk seen here leads to a platform overlooking the top of the falls. The road leads to an excellent view of the falls.
37.543′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Webb Terrace. Click for map. The park, commonly known as Mill Creek Falls, is easy to miss. It can be reached from Warner Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8404 Webb Terrace, Cleveland OH 44105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Broadway / Slavic Village (approx. 2 miles away); Woodland Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Shaker Square (approx. 3.2 miles away); Shaker Gate Post (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cleveland.
 
Regarding Cataract Falls. Mill Creek Falls was forgotten for decades. The park is considerably larger and cleaner now than it was when I first went to see it, and offers better views of the falls.
 
Also see . . .  Slavic Village Historical Society. The Historical Society's headquarters is the Victorian house located on the park grounds near Mill Creek Falls.
Mill Creek Falls at sunrise image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 22, 2009
3. Mill Creek Falls at sunrise
(Submitted on July 25, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 
 
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Mill Creek Falls viewpoint image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 22, 2009
4. Mill Creek Falls viewpoint
The wrought iron railing and sculpture were designed by Cleveland artist Brinsley Tyrell.
Wrought iron railing and sculpture by Brinsley Tyrell image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 22, 2009
5. Wrought iron railing and sculpture by Brinsley Tyrell
 
 
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