Cuyahoga County Formation

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Formation of Cuyahoga County and Growth of Its Townships
Historical Collections of Ohio By Henry Howe Vol. I ©1888
“CUYAHOGA COUNTY”
Page 494

CUYAHOGA was formed from Geauga county, June 7, 1808, and organized in May 1, 1810. The name was derived from the river, and is said to signify, in the Indian language, “crooked,” a term significant of the river, which is very winding,’ and has its sources farther north than its mouth. The surface is level or gently undulating. Near the lake the soil is sandy, elsewhere generally a clayey loam. The valleys of the streams are highly productive in corn and oats; in other parts the principal crops are wheat, barley and hay. The county produces a great variety and amount of excellent fruit; also cheese, butter, etc. Excellent grindstone quarries are worked, and grindstones largely exported. The sandstone from these quarries is a great article of commerce.

Area, 470 square miles. In 1885 the acres cultivated were 100,462; pasture, 73,790; woodland, 24,634; lying waste, 8,937; produced in wheat, 184,680 bushels; oats, 550,108; corn, 360,664; apples, 297,497; butter, 847,183 pounds; cheese, 46,397; milk, 3,598,729 quarts; cows, 12,486; pounds of grapes, 3,290,363, being more than double that of any other county. School census 1886 74,027; teachers, 932. It has 395 miles of railroad track.

 

Township
Census
Township
Census
1840 1880 1840 1880
Bedford 2,021 1,787 Middleburg 339 4,503
Brecksville 1,124 1,095 Newburg 1,342 1,613
Brooklyn 1,409 4,433 Olmsted 659 1,817
Chagrin Falls - 1,562 Orange 1,114 783
Cleveland 7,037 160,140 Parma 965 1,444
Dover 966 1,784 Rockport 1,235 2,676
East Cleveland - 3,673 Royalton 1,051 1,124
Euclid 1,774 2,776 Solon 774 867
Independence 754 1,993 Strongsville 1,151 1,029
Mayfield 852 879 Warrensville 1,085 1,409