Near Peninsula in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
From Salvage Yard to Beaver Marsh
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Follow the Towpath Trail ahead to Beaver Marsh – one of the best places to view wildlife in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Only a quarter-mile north, a boardwalk crosses this 70-acre wetland, transformed from an old salvage yard.
Humans and beavers turned this site back into a marsh in the 1980s. Volunteers organized by a local Sierra Club removed cars and materials from the former business site. About the same time beavers flooded the area by building a dam across the Ohio & Erie Canal. The waters awakened long-dormant seeds of wetland plants – a stunning example of nature recovering an area if given a chance.
You may see a beave nibbling on a willow branch, turtles sunning themselves on logs, and, if you are fortunate, otters at play. In spring and summer, frogs and songbirds sing in an exuberant chorus.
Burrell Tonkin’s auto repair shop and salvage yard were full of car bumpers, tires, and other auto parts.
Great blue herons were uncommon in the Cuyahoga Valley until the river and its wetlands started to recover in recent decades.
By 1830 there were
Ohio started reintroducing river otters in 1986. Since then they have spread, taking advantage of better water quality.
Volunteers monitor the marsh’s health by studying population changes of birds and amphibians.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Natural Resources • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
Location. 41° 11.055′ N, 81° 34.956′ W. Marker is near Peninsula, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker can be reached from Riverview Road (County Road 9) 0.3 miles north of Ira Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Ira Trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Riverview Rd, Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (a few steps from this marker); Lock 26 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cuyahoga River (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ira Cemetery Information Board (approx. Lock 25 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lock 24 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ohio & Erie Canalway (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peninsula.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.