The history of the Cuyahoga River has been dramatic in scope. Native Americans used the river as a trade route for thousands of years and referred to the river as the "Ka-ih-ogh-ha" or crooked river. Early settlers of the Western Reserve viewed the rapidly falling river as unsuitable for travel but harnessed it as a source to fill the Ohio & Erie Canal built in the early 1800s. The canal brought industrialization to Northeast Ohio but the rapidly developing industrialization came at a cost.
Last updated: November 9, 2021