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

High Bridge Glens

 
 
High Bridge Glens Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
1. High Bridge Glens Marker, side one
Inscription.  In 1879, local hardware store owners L.W. Loomis and H.E. Parks established a summer resort at Front Street and Prospect Avenue. The High Bridge Glens and Caves park spanned both sides of the Cuyahoga River and featured a dance and dining pavilion, scenic trails and overlooks, cascades and waterfalls, deep caverns, curious geological formations, and a suspension footbridge. The park also offered several man-made attractions, including what is believed to have been one of the earliest roller coasters in the area. At the height of its popularity, the park attracted more than 8,000 visitors a day, including Congressman (later president of the United States) William McKinley.

The park closed in the early 1900s, and in the years that followed, manufacturing sites were constructed along the banks of the Cuyahoga River to harness its power, whereby blocking public access to the river. The rededication of the High Bridge Glens Park by Mayor Don L. Robart in 2009, the Year of the River, celebrates the return of this important asset to its people. Named one of only fourteen National Heritage Rivers, the Cuyahoga River is uniquely shaped in that
High Bridge Glens Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
2. High Bridge Glens Marker, side two
A bush has grown up behind the marker, making side two impossible to photograph and very difficult to read.
it flows both north and south beginning just fifteen miles from Lake Erie where it empties after the 100-mile journey.
 
Erected 2009 by the City of Cuyahoga Falls and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 42-77.)
 
Location. 41° 7.814′ N, 81° 28.993′ W. Marker is in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Front Street and Prospect Avenue, on the right when traveling north. It is in High Bridge Glens Park, at the beginning of the path to the gorge overlook. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1817 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of 1832 Front Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver Lake / Silver Lake Amusement Park (approx. 2 miles away); The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal (approx. 2½ miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Old Town Hall and Academy (approx. 3 miles away); Tallmadge Circle (Public Square) (approx. 3 miles away); Tallmadge Veterans Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); The Cascade Valley / The Mustill Site (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  High Bridge Glens and Caves Park. Includes vintage photographs of the park.
High Bridge Glens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel
3. High Bridge Glens Marker
Marker face is now readable.
Excerpt:
At the height of its popularity, the Cleveland, Mount Vernon and Columbus Railroad ran four daily express trains, with 60 cars per day bringing people to the park. Patrons could dance to popular bands, ride the mechanical rides, enjoy several restaurants or bring a picnic, and explore the gorge on trails and cross a swinging bridge to the Chuckery Trail that took one to the Big Falls, Old Maid’s Kitchen and back up Front Street to the amusement park.
(Submitted on November 22, 2019.) 
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesParks & Recreational Areas
 
High Bridge Glens Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
4. High Bridge Glens Marker
Cuyahoga River Gorge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
5. Cuyahoga River Gorge
View from the pedestrian bridge.
Cuyahoga River Gorge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 23, 2019
6. Cuyahoga River Gorge
View from the overlook.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on January 4, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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