• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Photographic Society Members' Show Rescheduled

    Thursday, August 14 Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society Members' Show has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 21 at Hines Hill Conference Center.

  • Towpath Trail Closure

    Towpath Trail is closed from Mustill Store to Memorial Parkway for riverbank reinforcement. Detours posted. Closure will last 1 - 4 weeks into August. More »

  • Other Closures

    Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. More »

  • Road Closures

    Quick Rd is closed from Akron Peninsula Rd to Pine Hollow Trailhead in Peninsula, from Wednesday, 7/16, for 6 weeks. Detours posted. More »

  • Riverview Road Repaving

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15. Road is open but there are still delays due to construction. Allow extra time. More »

Electricity, Paved Roads, and Model Ts

Earl car for sale.
Earl car at Ozmun Garage, Peninsula, 1930s.
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General technological advancements dramatically changed the living conditions of Cuyahoga Valley residents in the 20th century. When electricity and running water came to the valley, families could buy new household appliances and easily refrigerate food.

New pavement on valley roads meant easier and faster transportation of both people and goods. Road construction also served as a secondary job for many farmers who needed additional income to survive the Great Depression.

Irene (Szalay) Kusnyer remembers when Everett families began to get electricity and running water:

"It was '39 maybe '40 that electricity came in that area. And we immediately got an electric stove and an electric refrigerator. And running water… we could take showers. Life was beginning [to get] easier."
Irene (Szalay) Kusnyer, former Everett resident, 2011

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
Click the topics to hear stories about Cuyahoga Valley life.

Click here to read the following text file.

Household Appliances (27 seconds)
Jan Thomas describes the new appliances her family could purchase once electricity came to Everett.

WPA Road Improvements I (38 seconds)
George Dittoe describes how the Works Progress Administration (WPA) improved Kendall Park/Truxell Road in the 1930s.

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WPA Road Improvements II (27 seconds)
Model-T Fords (46 seconds)
Lights and Phone Lines (1 minute 51 seconds)
Willis Meyers and his son Ronnie describe WPA projects between Cleveland and Akron in the 1930s. Willis also talks about his experiences using Model-T Fords, rechargeable batteries for light bulbs, and 12-party phone lines.




Did You Know?

Aerial view of the winding Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park's namesake river flows north and south. The Cuyahoga River begins its 100 mile journey in Geauga County, flows south to Cuyahoga Falls where it turns sharply north and flows through CVNP. American Indians referred to the U-shaped river as Cuyahoga or "crooked river."