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South Russell in Geauga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway

Eastern Ohio Traction Company

 
 
Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
1. Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker, side one
Inscription.  From east to west, the Chagrin Falls and Eastern Interurban Railway crossed the Muggleton Farm (now South Russell Village Park) at this location and connected the Chagrin Valley with Hiram, Garrettsville, and Middlefield. Its sister interurban, the Cleveland and Chagrin Falls Electric Railway served points west. Soon after their formation, the Everett-Moore Syndicate merged the two lines into the extensive Interurban rail network, The Eastern Ohio Traction Company. The EOTC and its predecessors operated from 1899-1925, mainly moving mail, farm goods, and passengers. In 1914, the more rural line from Chagrin Falls traveling eastward became the first major interurban in the United States to cease operations. It is believed that declining use, insufficient power for the railway, and a failed line extension to Youngstown were likely factors contributing to the line’s demise.

Interurban transportation stimulated growth within the Chagrin Valley during the early 20th century. The interurban provided faster, more reliable transportation than using horse drawn wagons. As the century progressed, automobiles and better paved roadways brought
Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
2. Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker, side two
an end to the interurban era. Looking eastward, a section of interurban track is visible near the entrance to a walking trail constructed over the original CF&E right-of-way, as an Eagle Scout project. The restored, interurban railcar wheels on display were found in this park in 2011.
 
Erected 2013 by South Russell Village and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 17-28.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 25.469′ N, 81° 21.564′ W. Marker is in South Russell, Ohio, in Geauga County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Street and Savage Road (County Route 190), on the right when traveling west. It is in South Russell Village Park and can be seen in the far distance from the park’s southern parking lot on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7900 Washington St, Chagrin Falls OH 44022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chagrin River's "High Falls" (approx. 1.7 miles away); Building History (approx. 2.9 miles away); Bainbridge Center Historic District (approx. 2.9 miles away); Bainbridge School (approx.
Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
3. Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker
3 miles away); Carlton & Flora Lowe (approx. 3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); The Cleveland Grand Prix (approx. 3.4 miles away); Birthplace of James A. Garfield (approx. 4˝ miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
4. Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker
The South Russell Village Park’s Interurban Trail runs through the trees in the center of the photograph.
View of the Interurban Trail Near Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
5. View of the Interurban Trail Near Marker
Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
6. Chagrin Falls & Eastern Railway Marker
View is on approach through the mowed trail from the parking lot.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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