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East Cleveland – Cleveland’s first suburb – was designed to offer a relaxed, scenic alternative to downtown living while also providing for easy access to University Circle and the city’s core. Explore the rich history of this area through the highlights below.

Timeline

1869

History of East Cleveland: Lake View Cemetery founded in 1869 | Historic photo showing vintage cars
Lake View Cemetery was founded. The cemetery would later be the final resting place of John D. Rockefeller, James A. Garfield, Eliot Ness, among others, and home to numerous lavish funerary monuments and mausoleums.

1916

History of East Cleveland: 1916 Women's Suffrage | Historic photo showing a line of women waiting to vote outside a white wood-clapboard shack identified as Ward 4, Precinct 4
The city adopts a charter that provides women’s suffrage in municipal elections — the first of its kind east of Chicago. The East Cleveland Public Library opens thanks in part to land donated by John D.Rockefeller and a donation from Andrew Carnegie.

1924

History of East Cleveland: 1924 NELA Park construction begins | Historic photo of workmen and horse-drawn plows and carts
Construction concludes on NELA Park, home to General Electric’s lighting division and the world’s first industrial park.

1938

History of East Cleveland: 1938: John D. Rockefeller donates his estate to the city to become Forest Hill Park | Historic photo of the park showing a lake, stone bridge and multiple small buildings
John D. Rockefeller donates his Forest Hill estate to the city to become Forest Hill Park. Industrialist and philanthropist, Rockefeller rose from his position as an assistant bookkeeper for a Cleveland commission merchant to become one of the wealthiest men in the U.S. through his establishment of the Standard Oil Co.

1955

1955
Two rapid transit stations are opened at Superior and Windermere respectively, making the area a transportation hub.

1968

History of East Cleveland: The East Cleveland Theater opens in 1968 | historic photo showing a black actress and white actor together
The East Cleveland Theater opens, which became known for its furtherance of interracial cooperation and understanding, particularly through its practice of interracial, nontraditional casting.

1975

History of East Cleveland: NELA Park added to the National Register of Historic Places | Historic photo showing an illuminated fountain and buildings at night
NELA Park is added to the National Register of Historic Places.

1998

History of East Cleveland: Forest Hill Park is added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 | Historic photo of a lake house and tower on the park grounds
Forest Hill Park is added to the National Register of Historic Places.

2010

History of East Cleveland: Circle East Townhomes are built in 2010 | Sidewalk view of a row of modern townhomes on a sunny day
Circle East Townhomes are built on 1.5 acres of land along Eucild between Lakeview Road and Auburndale Avenue.

2014

History of East Cleveland: 6-acre solar farm is built in 2014 | A field of solar panels along Euclid Avenue
A 6-acre solar farm is built along Euclid Ave, the largest in Ohio at the time.

2022

History of East Cleveland: The Circle East District is launched in 2022 | The redeveloped Mickey's building on Euclid Avenue, lighted at sunset
The Circle East District project is launched and re-development of the old “Mickey’s” building on Euclid Avenue begins.

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