Cleveland by Junket
Did you know Cleveland is the home of the first-ever recorded automobile accident? Or that it’s the home of both the world’s largest outdoor chandelier and the world’s largest rubber stamp?
The shimmering water of Lake Erie stretches out as far as the eye can see, as the skyline of Cleveland rises majestically against the backdrop of the lake’s vast expanse. It's a place where steel mills once roared and sweat-drenched workers toiled to build a better future. The scars of industrialization can still be seen in its architecture, which now stands as a testament to the city's resilience and determination. But Cleveland is more than just a post-industrial hub; it's a city of diverse neighborhoods, rich history, and cultural treasures.
Where Nature and Man-Made Merge
From the imposing magnificence of the Terminal Tower to the stunning views of the natural world at Cleveland Botanical Garden, the city is a canvas of contrasts that begs to be explored. In Cleveland, nature and urbanity come together to create a location that is both dramatic and awe-inspiring.
Take a leisurely stroll along the Flats downtown district, bordered by the winding Cuyahoga River that flows through the heart of the city, its waters winding through the urban landscape and creating a serene oasis in the midst of the city's vibrant energy. Admire the lush greenery of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as well as the beauty and creativity of the world's greatest artists at the majestic Cleveland Museum of Art.
Fun and Frights in Forest City
The bustling city of Cleveland comes to life after dark, as the sun sets and the neon lights flicker to life, illuminating the vibrant nightlife scene which is made even more exciting with Cleveland by Junket premium experiences. These unique tours transform a jaunt through Cleveland’s energetic downtown into an evening full of unforgettable experiences.
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A Heart of Steel
Cleveland’s story is a tale of triumph and tragedy, growth and decline, and a continuous struggle for prosperity. The area that is now Cleveland was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Erie, Iroquois, and Wyandot. French traders and missionaries first explored the area in the late 17th century, and by the mid-18th century, British traders had established a presence in the region.
In 1796, a surveyor named Moses Cleaveland arrived in the area to survey the land and plan a new settlement. He negotiated land rights with the Native Americans there, who accepted livestock, trinkets, and whiskey for the assurance of safety for settlers. He founded the town that would eventually bear his name, but he returned to Connecticut shortly thereafter and played no further role in the city's development.
Cleveland was originally spelled with the extra “a,” but it was dropped in 1831 when a newspaper called The Cleveland Advertiser couldn’t fit the original name on the newspaper’s masthead. The new spelling was adopted throughout the town.
During the 19th century, Cleveland grew rapidly as a center of industry and commerce after the completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal in 1832, which connected the Ohio River to the Great Lakes. The canal allowed goods to be transported between the two, and, combined with multiple rail lines converging in the city, led to a boom in manufacturing and trade, as goods from all over the country flowed into Cleveland's warehouses and factories.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cleveland experienced a wave of immigration, with thousands of people from Europe and other parts of the world coming to the city to seek a better life. This influx of new residents brought a rich diversity to Cleveland's neighborhoods and fueled the growth of industries such as steel production and shipbuilding. By the late 19th century, it was one of the largest steel-producing cities in the world.
"There is no city in America that has grown with such rapidity, that has built so many miles of good street, and erected so many fine buildings, as Cleveland, Ohio." - George F. Bagley, journalist and author, 1875
Cleveland continued to grow and prosper but was not immune to the challenges and hardships of the 20th century. The city's population boomed and by 1920, Cleveland was the fifth-largest city in the entire United States. The Great Depression hit the city hard, with unemployment rates soaring and many businesses shutting down. The city also struggled with racial tensions and civil unrest, culminating in the Hough Riots of 1966, which resulted in widespread destruction and a tragic loss of life.
Renewal and Resilience
Despite these setbacks, Cleveland remained resilient, and in the decades that followed, the city underwent a period of revitalization and renewal. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established in Cleveland in 1983, drawing music fans from around the world to the city. Major sports teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Indians brought excitement and pride to the city, and new developments such as the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Cleveland Museum of Art further solidified the city's reputation as a cultural destination.
Cleveland's history is one of perseverance and determination, a story of a city that has weathered many storms and emerged stronger and more determined each time, a testament to the resilience and adaptability of a community that has faced extreme triumphs and challenges over the centuries.
Living in The Land
A city with a rich history and a tenacious spirit that is woven into its very fabric, Cleveland gleams like newly-forged steel. This Rust Belt metropolis boasts a thriving arts scene, a wide range of culinary delights, and a passionate sports culture. With its revitalized waterfront, impressive skyline, and bustling business district, Cleveland is a hub of commerce, innovation, and opportunity.
One of the city's crown jewels is Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center outside of New York City and home to several theaters hosting a wide range of shows and performances throughout the year. At the Great Lakes Science Center, visitors can experience interactive exhibits and demonstrations at this hands-on museum dedicated to science and technology.
A Celebration of Cultures
Cleveland's immigrant neighborhoods are a vibrant tapestry of cultures, a veritable melting pot that reflects the city's rich history of diversity and inclusion. As you walk through the streets of these diverse communities, you can hear a symphony of languages and accents, smell the aromas of exotic cuisines, and see the colorful traditions of countries from around the world.
“Here, in Cleveland, we are not compressed by a single interest, a single creed, or a single culture. Here, all races and religions are fused and welded together into a common Americanism.”
– President James A. Garfield
In Little Italy, the aroma of freshly baked bread and the sound of clinking glasses fill the air as locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and wine. The neighborhood is home to galleries, boutique shops, and annual events such as the Feast of the Assumption, a colorful celebration of the Catholic holiday that features a procession and street fair.
Visit Tremont to explore historic churches, ornate architecture, and trendy bars and restaurants that blend old-world charm with a modern flair. The neighborhood is home to a diverse community of immigrants from places such as Germany, Hungary, and Poland, who have left their mark on the area's culture and traditions.
In Ohio City, you can stroll through bustling streets lined with artisanal markets, craft breweries, and eclectic shops that cater to a diverse clientele. The neighborhood has a rich history as a hub for German and Irish immigrants, and today it continues to welcome newcomers from all over the world.
Get to Know Cleveland
In addition to the Junket Cleveland Experience, the city beckons you to stay with a wide selection of entertainment and attractions, from natural wonders and awe-inspiring museums to delightful shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Some of the most popular Cleveland attractions include:
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