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Near Boston in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A River Renewed

 
 
A River Renewed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
1. A River Renewed Marker
Inscription.  The Cuyahoga River is a symbol of what’s possible when people work together for clean water. As an industrial river flowing through Akron and Cleveland, it became internationally famous for its pollution. Today the river is a water trail and the centerpiece of a national park.

As water quality improves and wildlife returns, consider how a renewed Cuyahoga could revitalize us. Communities and other partners are turning neglected waterfront into vibrant places to relax and play. Time along the river might reconnect you with nature and loved ones.

Caption
In 1969 oil and debris in the river caught fire in an industrial area of Cleveland, north of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It was the last in a series of fires that occurred over the previous 100 years. Nationwide, people began talking about the dirty Cuyahoga River. The fire sparked local and federal action to protect clean water.

Look for bald eagles (shown nesting above), beavers (below), and river otters (below left) as you explore the river and its wetlands. These animals were rare or absent for a century or more. Now they are regularly spotted hunting
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for food and raising their families.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is improving our own stewardship of the river. If you walk south along the Towpath and Valley trails, you will pass the Boston Sanitary Wetland (left). Built in 2010 to replace failing septic systems, it treats waste water from park buildings and provides habitat.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1969.
 
Location. 41° 15.753′ N, 81° 33.605′ W. Marker is near Boston, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker can be reached from Boston Mills Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the Boston Mill Visitor Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A River, Canal, and Railroad Town (a few steps from this marker); Boston Mills Road Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Protecting Cuyahoga Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Rail and Industry Shape the Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
A River Renewed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
2. A River Renewed Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Industry Shapes the Valley (about 300 feet away); The Development of Valley Industry (about 300 feet away); Ride the Rails (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
A River Renewed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
3. A River Renewed Marker
The Cuyahoga River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
4. The Cuyahoga River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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