This book chronicles the famous ‘Maple Leaf Route’ that ran through Geauga County between 1899 & 1925. From steam rail to the Cleveland & Eastern and Chagrin Falls interurban railways, this concise historical book brings to life one of Northeast, Ohio’s favorite pastimes.
Readers will enjoy a fun, intriguing and picturesque journey, as the author chronicles the building of the railroad from east to west. Included are rare photos, maps, original documents from the railroads operation, along with fun and intriguing stories that will capture your imagination, wishing you were there.
The residents of Gates Mills and Geauga County would be surprised to learn that a railroad once ran across their properties. Gone, but not forgotten, historic treasures are waiting to be discovered if you know where to look. Before roads, automobiles and freeways were built, citizens, farmers, and commerce traveled north and south, away from Cleveland on well trodden dirt roads. The Maple Leaf Route changed the direction of life as people knew it, and things have never been the same.
This unique, 28 chapter, 226 page book begins at Cleveland’s Public Square, and runs to Gates Mills, Scotland, Munson, Chardon, Burton, Middlefield and other locations east. Every square mile and ‘Stop’ is packed into this renowned addition.
Additional photos, and rare information on the Chagrin Falls interurban line and how both lines operated together is presented. So, purchase your 10¢ fare and climb aboard as you travel first class from Cleveland’s Public Square to Gates Mills on the Bankers Special. Adventures await you on a fun day trip on the ‘Wild Flower’ or ‘Blackberry Pickers’ excursion, or join your friends at Bass Lake Resort, Burton Sugar Camp, Chesterland Caves Resort, The Geauga County Fair, or a dozen other beautiful Geauga County locations. This is your ticket to travel back to the early days of rail and experience life in Northeast, Ohio, as it once was.
Dr. Dan Rager is the author and a Geauga County resident. He is professor of music at Cleveland State University and has over 250 published works exceeding 175 counties.
Available from the Maple Leaf Publishing Co., local stores or online at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/dan-rager/the-mapleleaf-route/paperback/product-23511192.html