Celebrating a River Fire
On June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire in Cleveland a few miles north of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It was not the first Cuyahoga River fire. At least ten fires had occurred over the previous century. It was also not the biggest fire. It lasted for less than a half hour and caused modest damage. Despite its small size, it holds a big place in our memory as a reflection of poor treatment of the environment.
1952 Cuyahoga River Fire in Cleveland, OH Cuyahoga River Fire Nov. 3, 1952. Courtesy of Cleveland Press Collection at Cleveland State University Library.
The Cuyahoga River today NPS/ D.J. REISER
Anniversary Events and Activities
Find a listing of programs, events, and activities offered by the National Park Service and many other partners to celebrate!
Story of the Fire
Stories of the fire often combine fact and myth. Learn the stories and how they related to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Visit the Cuyahoga
The Cuyahoga River is the central feature of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Discover how to enjoy the river on and off the water.
Last updated: May 2, 2019