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Were it not for a newspaper editor, the city sitting on the banks of Lake Erie might be known today as "Cleaveland" instead of "Cleveland." Founded in 1796 by surveyor Moses Cleaveland, the city got its name shortened in the 1800s because it wouldn't fit on the masthead of the local Cleveland Gazette and Commercial Register. The creative editor dropped the first "a." The city quickly grew into a bustling port, then a shipping and industrial hub. A riverfront area once known for its heavy industry, The Flats now features converted warehouses offering entertainment, restaurants and shops. Located on the downtown waterfront, the awesome I.M. ...

Were it not for a newspaper editor, the city sitting on the banks of Lake Erie might be known today as "Cleaveland" instead of "Cleveland." Founded in 1796 by surveyor Moses Cleaveland, the city got its name shortened in the 1800s because it wouldn't fit on the masthead of the local Cleveland Gazette and Commercial Register. The creative editor dropped the first "a." The city quickly grew into a bustling port, then a shipping and industrial hub. A riverfront area once known for its heavy industry, The Flats now features converted warehouses offering entertainment, restaurants and shops. Located on the downtown waterfront, the awesome I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum is a musical mecca with such treasures as John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper uniform, Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche convertible and Elvis Presley's black leather outfit from his 1968 television special. For another kind of music, the Cleveland Orchestra is considered one of the best in the world, playing in Severance Hall during the winter and at Blossom Music Center during the summer. Cleveland also has one of the largest concentrations of parkland in the country - a whopping 21,000 acres. A 100-mile chain of metropolitan parks known as the "Emerald Necklace" is one of the biggest park districts in the nation. A small Cleveland gem is the house from the movie A Christmas Story, the one including that awful leg lamp in the window and a replica of the Red Ryder BB gun that Ralphie so wanted from Santa Claus.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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