Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, established in 2000, is one of our newest national parks. Just a short drive from Akron or Cleveland in Ohio, 2,500,000 people visit the park each year. The winding Cuyahoga River is a U-shaped river. (Cuyahoga means “crooked” in the Iroquois language.) The unique part about this river is that, for twenty-two miles, it flows both north and south. The river winds past farmland, forests, and rolling hills. One of the most popular tourist attractions at the park is the Ohio & Erie Canal that runs through it. Built in the early 1800s by German and Irish immigrants, twenty miles of the canal are within the park. Hike or bike along the Towpath Trail where mules used to pull the canal boats over a century ago. Parts of the...

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Ohio, The Buckeye State

Ohio, The Buckeye State

by Sandra Merville Hart Ohio’s nickname is the Buckeye State, which is the state tree. The Ohio River is the state’s southern border—and most of its eastern border. The river was named for an Iroquois or Seneca word—sources disagree on the Native American tribe—for “beautiful river.” The state takes its name from the river, which was named first. The early history of Ohio Though the French were the first to arrive in the Ohio area in 1669, both the French and British claimed it. The Iroquois, Chippewa, Shawnee, Delaware, Wyandot, Ojibwa, Miami, Kaskaskia, Seneca, Ottawa, and Sauk are a few of the Native Americans who lived in the area. In 1763, France lost the French and Indian War and the British won control of the land. After the Revolutionary War,...

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