By the mid-1800s, railroad
development was instrumental in enabling Cleveland to surpass rivals and become
THE industrial center along Lake Erie.
By 1920, Cleveland was the nation’s fifth-largest city, and was a “big
player” in the iron and steel, petroleum-refining, automotive, and chemical
industries. It was second only to
Detroit among American cities in the percentage of the population employed by
industry. Railroads brought raw
materials needed for manufacturing and carried the finished products to markets
everywhere. The mainline railroads
serving Cleveland included the Baltimore & Ohio, the Erie, the NEW YORK
CENTRAL, the Nickel Plate Road, the Pennsylvania, and the Wheeling & Lake
Erie. Images of Rail: Cleveland Mainline Railroads describes how these six
railroads developed and the freight and passenger markets they served through
Author Bio: Craig Sanders is president of the Akron Railroad Club, and has
published five railroad history books. A
resident of University Heights, Sanders teaches journalism and public relations
at Cleveland State University. Most of
the more than 200 images in this book are from the special collections of the
Cleveland State University Library.
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