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Cuyahoga Bridges: 1912

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1912. "Cuyahoga River. The Lift Bridge and Superior Avenue viaduct." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1912. "Cuyahoga River. The Lift Bridge and Superior Avenue viaduct." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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I too thought the little steamboat was interesting. I went online and found this. Buffalo is just a few miles down the lake and I wonder if the boat is related to him.

Not Fletcher's Castoria

The sign that is partially visible in this picture, with the slogan "Relieves Fatigue" is actually for a product that is still very common. in fact, i just had some with my lunch: Coca-Cola.

There is another sign in the middle background, of which only the word "HONEST" is legible. Not sure what that was advertising.

Merwin Avenue

Stanton Square's reminder of the previously posted 1910 view enabled me to locate these companies in the online 1912 Cleveland City Directory. The Phoenix Ice Machine Company was at 1566-1568 Merwin Avenue, and the Case Fish Company was next door at 1574 Merwin Avenue. As I look down on that address from low earth orbit in Google Earth, the building there now might still be the old Case warehouse, but the Phoenix building is long gone.

Phillip G. Schaefer

According to various online editions of the U.S. Bureau of Navigation's "Merchant Vessels of the United States," the screw-driven steamship Phillip G. Schaefer was built in Buffalo in 1903 and home ported in Cleveland. Her hull dimensions were 64.4 feet in length, 14.3 feet in breadth, and 5.0 feet in depth. She displaced 29 gross tons and was operated by a crew of three.
Surprisingly, given her appearance, the Schaefer was listed as a fishing boat in every reference I found, which would explain her presence at the Case Fish Company's wharf. The Schaefer remained in service until she burned in 1931, having been renamed the Maumee in 1930.

Relieves Fatigue

On the right side of the photo, I believe I see the freshly painted left side of a "Chas H Fletcher Castoria" sign. The ubiquitous laxative claimed curing or lessening many of the discomforts of the 19th and 20th century.

RE: Drying racks

For drying fishing nets. Before they were made of nylon, they were made from natural fibers and would rot if they weren't dried between uses.

Replaced by the Detroit-Superior Bridge in 1918

"The Superior Viaduct was closed to traffic in 1918 after the Detroit-Superior Bridge opened. The viaduct was condemned in 1920 and two years later, the central river span was demolished with 150 pounds of dynamite."


If you zoom into about the middle on the right side, in one of the building doorways, you can see a little girl in white with a bonnet on. So tiny and almost invisible within the vast surroundings. It makes me wonder what type of building that is and what she happened to be doing there.

Moving bridges

Not being able to judge the depth of field in the photo, I'm led to wonder if the swing bridge and the bascule bridge were able to collide if someone was not paying attention.

Drying racks?

Does anyone know what those racks on the far right are? Some appear to have patterned material stretched across them, as if for drying.

Phoenix Ice Machine Co.

Alternative Shorpy view of this stretch of river at Cuyahoga: 1910.

And that's not all...

it even relieves fatigue!

Wonderful photo

Full of steam, smoke, reflections, bridges, and industrial buildings. One of Shorpy's best ever!

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