All About Cleveland
A City Cyclopedia
Having personally aided Mr. Silas Farmer in obtaining many hitherto unpublished items of information about the city, and knowing, also, his accuracy and thoroughness, as shown in various publications, I am sure his "All About Cleveland: the Cleveland Cicerone," will be a work of practical and permanent value—a real convenience and advantage to the city, and 1 cordially recommend it to the public.
—Howard H. Burgess, City Clerk,
The Cleveland Cicerone.
Advantages.—The City of Cleveland, in many respects, has exceptional advantages.
It is the largest city in Ohio, and the largest between New York and Chicago. Its relative standing, as to population, as shown by the U. S. census in successive periods is as follows: In 1840 it was the 45th in rank; in 1850, 34th; in 1860, 21st; in 1870, 15th; in 1880, 12th; in 1890, 10th.
It is a fact capable of demonstration that, all parts of the United States have been so fully explored, and railroad routes so fully laid out, that the site of all large cities has already been determined. Cities, established in favorable locations will, henceforward, gather to themselves the growth of the future. With such advantages as Cleveland possesses, it must inevitably increase in wealth and population much faster in the future than in the past.
Lying on the south shore of Lake Erie, the bold buff bluffs which form a portion of the coast line, give the city a commanding and attractive appearance. The lake itself, broad and seemingly boundless, is an ever changing Panorama. The white sails of many craft and the blue smoke of numerous steamers give life and variety to the view. Nature seems to have anticipated the name of the city, for not only the Cuyahoga but other streams and ravines cleave the land in various directions, thus affording opportunity for its numerous beautiful parks with their unique scenery.
The Cuyahoga river, the Ohio canal, the railroads and the lake afford conditions favorable to greatness, which have been well improved. With' the exception of the Clyde, this is the largest shipbuilding port in the world. The tonnage entering its harbor, has, in a single year, equalled that of Liverpool.
Situated on high ground, its opportunities for drainage are excellent. The supply of water is of the best, and inexhaustible. Numerous shade trees adorn the streets, many of which are of exceptional width and beauty. The Parks and Boulevards are so extensive that it would take several days to fully compass their attractions.
Located on the chain of lakes, the many steamship lines give easy and frequent access to different cities and pleasure resorts. The morale of the city government is healthy and progressive.
The Police and Fire departments are well managed, and its public schools and higher educational advantages leave nothing to be desired. Its churches and charitable institutions invite and interest. Stone, brick and lumber, for building purposes, are easily accessible and reasonable in price. A plentiful supply of foods and fruits are always to be found in the markets, and fish of many sorts are especially abundant.
In addition to all the above, its extensive manufacturing enterprises, with the multiplied business interests of a great city afford exceptional opportunities for employment. See manufactures.
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