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Boston Township near Peninsula in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Development of Valley Industry

 
 
The Development of Valley Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
1. The Development of Valley Industry Marker
Inscription.  
While the Valley Railway, the precursor to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, was founded primarily as a conduit for freight and passengers moving among Cleveland, Akron, and Canton, it also became integral to the success of two factories within the Cuyahoga Valley. As the 19th century drew to a close, the valley remained primarily rural. Yet, the combination of water resources, availability of large tracts of land, proximity to urban centers, and access to the railroad's efficient transportation made the valley an attractive place for development.

The two factories that opened in the Cuyahoga Valley in the early 20th century manufactured paper products. In 1900, the Cleveland Akron Bag Company began operations in Boston, producing flour sacks and roofing paper until going out of business in 1923. A former employee of that company, Charles Jaite, was responsible for the second paper producer, the Jaite Paper Mill, which opened in 1905 about two miles north of Boston. It remained in business under various owners until 1984 when the Tecumseh Corrugated Box Company sold it to the National Park Service. Arson destroyed a small part
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of the plant eight years later.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 41° 15.701′ N, 81° 33.593′ W. Marker is near Peninsula, Ohio, in Summit County. It is in Boston Township. Marker is at the intersection of Riverview Road and Boston Mills Road, on the right when traveling north on Riverview Road. The marker is in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, at the Boston Mill station of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6955 Riverview Rd, 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. Industry Shapes the Valley (here, next to this marker); Ride the Rails (a few steps from this marker); Protecting Cuyahoga Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); A River Renewed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A River, Canal, and Railroad Town (about 300 feet away); Boston Mills Road Bridge (about 400 feet away); Rail and Industry Shape the Valley (about 400 feet away); Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (about 600 feet away).
 
Also see . . .
Boston Mills Hsitoric District Registration Form image. Click for more information.
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2. Boston Mills Hsitoric District Registration Form
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
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1. Boston Mills Historic District. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on July 21, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on July 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Jaite, a Paper Mill and Company Town. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on July 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
The Development of Valley Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 20, 2023
3. The Development of Valley Industry Marker
The depot pavilion was moved to the parking lot near the Boston Welcome Center. And the marker is at the opposite end of the pavilion from where it was originally mounted.
The Development of Valley Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 5, 2011
4. The Development of Valley Industry Marker
Interior photo of the Jaite Paper Mill image. Click for more information.
Library of Congress HAER, Jet Lowe, circa 1985
5. Interior photo of the Jaite Paper Mill
Jaite, a Paper Mill and Company Town
National Park service website entry
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Boston Mill Train Depot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2022
6. Boston Mill Train Depot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on July 17, 2023, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. Photos:   1. submitted on July 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on November 7, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on July 17, 2023, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.   4, 5. submitted on July 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on July 16, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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