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Shaker Heights in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Horseshoe Lake

 
 
Horseshoe Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 18, 2008
1. Horseshoe Lake Marker
Inscription. In 1822, Ralph Russell, a Connecticut pioneer who had settled in Warrensville Township ten years earlier, founded the North Union Shaker Community. The Shakers created Horseshoe Lake in 1852 when they built a dam across Doan Brook and harnessed its waterpower to operate a woolen mill near Lee Road and South Park Boulevard. The community disbanded in 1889; its 1,366 acres were eventually sold to a real estate syndicate from Buffalo, New York, the Shaker Heights Land Company. In 1896, this group deeded the Shaker Lakes Parklands to the City of Cleveland to preserve the green space in perpetuity. Ten years later, the Van Sweringen Company began to develop Shaker Heights Village as a Garden City suburb where William J. Van Aken served as mayor from 1915 until 1950. In the 1960s local residents successfully fought the proposed Clark Freeway, saving Horseshoe Lake and the Parklands from destruction.
 
Erected 2003 by the Van Aken Family / the City of Shaker Heights, the Shaker Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 67-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 28.948′ N, 81° 33.67′ 
Marker and path to Horseshoe Lake Dam image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 18, 2008
2. Marker and path to Horseshoe Lake Dam
W. Marker is in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on South Park Boulevard 0.2 miles east of Lee Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland OH 44120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jacob Russell (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Center Family (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shaker Gate Posts (approx. mile away); East Family (approx. 0.6 miles away); Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Van Sweringen Demonstration House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaker Heights.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyChurches, Etc.Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Horseshoe Lake image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 18, 2008
3. Horseshoe Lake
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,291 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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