• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • NPS Seeks Comment on Proposed Regulation for Off-Road Bicycle Trails

    NPShas proposed a special regulation to designate and authorize off-road bicycle use on new trails constructed outside of developed areas in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The public is invited to provide comment until Monday, December 15, 2014. More »

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    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 »

Electricity, Paved Roads, and Model Ts

Earl car for sale.
Earl car at Ozmun Garage, Peninsula, 1930s.
NPS Collection
 

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.

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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?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.