FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2022-127 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 22, 2022) – In Issue 2022-127 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the founding of the city of Cleveland.

WHERE DID THE “A” GO?

The city of Cleaveland, Ohio was founded today in 1796.  That’s right – Cleaveland – it’s not a misspelling.

The Connecticut Land Company sent one of its directors, General Moses Cleaveland, out to survey land and find a location for the capital city of the Connecticut Western Reserve.  The designated area was named after the expedition leader – Cleaveland – although he returned to Connecticut and never visited Ohio again.

The current spelling – Cleveland – took hold in 1831 when the local newspaper, The Cleveland Advertiser, couldn’t fit the name on its masthead and dropped the “A” to make it fit.  And the new spelling stuck.  Pragmatic journalists…

This yellowed map of Cleveland is from 1937 by Suchy.  It shows the city as it was one century earlier, so shortly after the renaming.

Map of Cleveland – 1937 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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