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For many decades, the Jaite Paper Company in Jaite, Ohio, produced paper products that were shipped all over the nation.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad had a spur to serve the factory, which sat near the company town of Jaite.

By the early 1980s, the paper mill had fallen on hard times. The plant that once produced 8 tons of paper a day and employed 250 closed in 1984.

By then the land around it had become part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, which is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The National Park Service razed the paper mill buildings in 2006 because they had become a safety hazard.

But it left the concrete slab and some machinery from the factory. It also left intact the B&O spur line to the paper mill, which includes the through truss bridge across the Cuyahoga River seen in this series of images.

I recently walked that spur and made some photographs. The rails, bridge and remnants of the paper mill are reminders of the industrial heritage of the Cuyahoga River Valley between Cleveland and Akron.

It would also make a good place to stage a ghost trail walk in the dark at Halloween.

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