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Following the Cuyahoga River

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A river is a river is a river. Or so it might seem. Shown above are three images of the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio that were made in three different locations.

Yes, the river looks much the same at all three places, but there are some differences.

In the top image it is coming through downtown Kent passing through a park and running alongside the CSX railroad tracks. The image was made from the West Main Street bridge.

At this point, the Cuyahoga is fairly narrow and has more qualities of a creek than a river. But that will change.

The middle image was made from aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train north of Peninsula, Ohio, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The bottom image was made from aboard the same train south of Peninsula in the park.

The river is wider here, yet still lined with trees. It is hard to believe that a few miles north of here the Cuyahoga turns into a waterway hosting large Great Lakes freighters and at one time was used as an industrial sewer.

In the early 20th century, there was a proposal to widen the Cuyahoga between Cleveland and Akron to open it to boat traffic.

The cost of that project, though, kept if from happening. We can only imagine and even shudder at what the Cuyahoga valley would look like had that project been undertaken.


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November 29, 2017 at 7:25 am

2 Boats, 2 Buildings in Baltimore

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We were walking around the Inner Harbor in Baltimore last summer and of course I had my camera to make some images.

The two boats are cruise vessels oriented toward the tourist trade. They offer sightseeing and meal trips.

The buildings behind them are hotels, one of which is under construction and will have a gold and silver exterior.


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November 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

Paddle While You Drink

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Back in late September I spent some time along the Cuyahoga River in the Flats area of Cleveland. I was there to photograph Norfolk Southern trains crossing the river, but there was plenty of time to get images of boats on the river. This “beer boat” was one of the more unusual ones I saw. Patrons have to paddle as they sample various beers while sightseeing on the Cuyahoga.

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November 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

Some Day It Will be Gone

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For years the state of Ohio has talked about removing the dam on the Cuyahoga River in Brecksville. The rationale given for the removal is that it would enable the river to flow freer and enable fish to migrate further into Cleveland.

Now comes word that the project to remove the dam has been delayed. It won’t happen until 2018 at the earliest and maybe not until 2019.

That is good news for now for those who like to fish in the pool immediately south of the dam.

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October 27, 2017 at 6:04 am

Waiting for the Camera

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Members of the Kent State University gymnastics team mill about in a downtown park as they await having photographs made on a Friday afternoon.

The area where the team members are standing used to be in the Cuyahoga
River, but several years ago the dam out of view to the right was closed and the water channeled into a former canal that can be see behind them.

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October 24, 2017 at 6:07 am

Eyes on a Landing Spot

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I was sitting on the bank of the Vermilion River where an endless parade of boats along with birds coming and going gave me something to watch. A gull swoops down over the water, its eyes on a landing spot just ahead.

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October 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

Casting His Line in the Cuyahoga

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There was a time years ago when no one in his right mind would have thought about fishing in the Cuyahoga River.

The river was so polluted that it caught fire in Cleveland several times starting in 1936.

A 1969 fire received national attention and played a role in prompting the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. However, by then a cleanup of the river was already underway.

The river still has pollution issues, but is cleaner than it was back in the 1960s and 1970s when it openly smelled.

On a sunny Saturday, a man casts his line in the river near Brecksville in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am