“Take a Hike” tours, Cleveland’s free historic walking tours, will wrap up the 2012 season come Sept. 16.
Good News… There is still time to make it to Saturday Morning’s Historic Warehouse District tour (Departing at 10:00 a.m. in front of Constantino’s Market) or Sunday Morning’s Canal Basin Park in the Flats Tour (Departing at 10:00 a.m. at Settlers Landing RTA Station.)
Unfortunately for me, I only had the opportunity to take advantage of a single session… Though I would have done anything to make it to all four, I am still grateful for the knowledge I obtained during my 1.5 hour Saturday morning Warehouse District Tour… I couldn’t wait to get home to tell Nick the following:
- The Bingham was previously W. Bingham Co. - one of the largest wholesale hardware warehouses in the U.S.
- Paul Newman spent his early years working for his family business Newman-Stern Co. which briefly operated out of a W. 9th St. Building -(Observant onlookers will notice an “N” atop of the Map Room building.)
- Historians Believe that John Wilkes Booth was performing at the
Academy of Music on W. 6th St. during Lincoln’s visit to Cleveland… It’s very likely some of his stalking took place right here in our city.
- Daniel Burnham (Devil in the White City) made an appearance and told us about his work in constructing the Federal Reserve Building.
- John D. Rockefeller was rich. He was also hilarious… he told us his life story and explained that the only thing he did not accomplish was living to be 100… He was just two years shy…
*Please Note…My memory is fuzzy and any and all details listed above could be and most likely are inaccurate….