The Blue Jays are in Cleveland, Ohio for the widely anticipated American League Championship Series. Here are five things you didn’t know about the city of Cleveland.
- The city is home to the first ever traffic light. On August 5th 1914, an electric traffic light was set up at the corner of Euclid and East 105th Street in Cleveland.
- The city was originally named after General Moses Cleaveland who founded the city in 1796. The original spelling had an extra ‘A’ in the middle (C-L-E-A-V-E-L-A-N-D), but was dropped in the 19th century so it would fit on the masthead for the city’s newspaper.
- The classic film “A Christmas Story” was filmed primarily in both Cleveland and Toronto. Ralphie’s house is located in the Tremont neighbourhood of Cleveland. Several scenes including the bully fight and Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant were filmed right here in the Big Smoke.
- Another shared connection between Toronto and Cleveland is Superman. Co-creator, Joe Shuster, was born in Toronto and moved to Cleveland at age 10. He first designed the Superman character with Jerry Siegel for a science fiction magazine in the 1930s.
- The Cuyahoga River, which runs through Cleveland, has literally caught fire 13 times. The most famous example of this was in 1969 when an oil slick on the river ignited. The river was considered one of the most polluted rivers of the 20th century, but recent environmental efforts have improved the water quality.