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Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town”

 
 
Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
1. Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town” Marker
Inscription.  In July 1796, the first survey party for the Connecticut Land Company, led by General Moses Cleaveland (1754–1806), landed on the shore of Lake Erie near present-day Ashtabula to lay out the lands of the Connecticut Western Reserve. On July 22 the party arrived at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, the western boundary line for American settlement established by the Treaty of Greenville, and set up a base camp near this site. On the eastern river bluff the surveyors platted the “capital town” of the Western Reserve and called it Cleaveland, a misspelling later changed the name to Cleveland. The original survey called for a Public Square, surrounded by right-angled streets and uniformly-shaped lots. Cleaveland returned to Connecticut in October to resume his law practice and never returned to Ohio.
 
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Marietta Chapter NSDAR, Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 39-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History
Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
2. Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town” Marker
It is across the river from Jacobs Pavilion and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 29.791′ N, 81° 42.079′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker can be reached from the foot of Merwin Avenue north of Center Street. It is just off the footpath at Settler’s Landing Park, at the water’s edge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1516 Merwin Ave, Cleveland OH 44113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John D. Rockefeller, 1839-1937 / The Standard Oil Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio and Erie Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexis de Tocqueville (about 500 feet away); Irish Famine Memorial (about 800 feet away); The Old Stone Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Near this site Fort Huntington was Erected (approx. 0.4 miles away); Com. Oliver Hazard Perry (approx. 0.4 miles away); John T. Corrigan (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
3. Moses Cleaveland’s “Capital Town” Marker
General Moses Cleaveland, Founder of the City, 1796 image. Click for full size.
1888 bronze by James G. C. Hamilton, photograph by J.J. Prats, June 21, 2019
4. General Moses Cleaveland, Founder of the City, 1796
Sculpture is 7 feet 10 inches high atop a circular granite pedestal 7 feet high. It is in the southwest quadrant of Cleveland’s Public Square.
Downtown Cleveland Skyline and the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
5. Downtown Cleveland Skyline and the Marker
This view is from Heritage Park.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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