24 Lesser-Known Cleveland Trivia Facts

Cleveland Skyline

A city over 200 years old, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Cleveland has had its ups and downs. Most notably, the forever disappointing sports teams, financial struggles, and there was that whole river catching on fire thing. But as much as people want it to be, Cleveland is not “The Mistake on the Lake”. It’s too easy to cast jokes and close eyes to the revitalization the city has seen in recent years.

Lovers of Northeast Ohio, time to celebrate! The nation is finally starting to notice how much the city has to offer. Cleveland’s name has been showing up on rankings from Time.com, Travel & Leisure, Huffington Post, and Forbes, just to name a few. It is being named an underrated foodie town with an exceptional blend of cultures, arts and entertainment.

These are things Clevelanders already know. Now let’s get to know our city a little bit more with Scene Magazine’s 24 Lesser-Known Cleveland Trivia Facts. 

  1. Cleveland is named after Moses Cleaveland, who led an expedition of people to Northeast Ohio.
  2. Cleveland was the first city to be lit electrically in 1879. It’s also the first to use an electric traffic signal, installed on Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street.
  3. American Greetings is headquartered here.
  4. Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts center outside of New York.
  5. Superman is from Cleveland. Or at least the creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are. Same idea.

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