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CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS, originally part of Newburgh Twp. and later NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, is a 4.5 sq. mi. industrialized suburb established in 1918. It is located approx. 6 miles southeast of Cleveland and is bounded on the west by Cleveland, on the east by GARFIELD HEIGHTS, on the north by Newburgh Hts., and on the south by INDEPENDENCE and BROOKLYN HEIGHTS In 1917 Newburgh Hts. experienced a building boom, farms were subdivided into residential lots, and citizens faced rising taxes. A group of farmers led by Jesse W. Hammersley discussed secession. Following an election, the village was established, leaving the residential area in Newburgh Hts. and the INDUSTRY and farms (see AGRICULTURE) in Cuyahoga Hts. The town attracted industries, including FERRO CORP., American Steel & Wire, and later, U.S. STEEL CORP., REPUBLIC STEEL CORP., Ohio Crankshaft (see PARK-OHIO INDUSTRIES, INC.), Benjamin Moore Paint Co., Harris-Seybold-Potter Co., ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA, and E. F. Hauserman, because of its strategic location on the CUYAHOGA RIVER (and later near the interchange of I-77 and I-480), its proximity to the New York Central Railroad, and the abundance of natural resources, including lumber, sand, and natural gas. In 1967 approx. 64 industries and 18 trucking and shipping firms were located in Cuyahoga Hts. At that time, many of its approx. 800 residents traced their lineage to ITALIANS and POLES who had settled there in the 1920s. In 1995 the city maintained over 175 businesses and industries, including Standard Oil Co. (Ohio) (see BP AMERICA) and RELIANCE ELECTRIC CO., which occupy over 2,000 acres. The population was 599 in the year 2000. Cuyahoga Hts. maintains a school system and recreational facilities.

The Village of Cuyahoga Heights in the Bicentennial Year 1976-1977 (n.d.).

See also SUBURBS.

Last Modified: 15 Jun 2003 02:23:39 PM

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