With a rallying cry of "Two bridges or none," an Ohio City militia armed with muskets set off to dynamite the bridge.
The East Side’s own militia met them, and thus the Bridge War of 1836 was fought: three wounded, none dead, one (unused) cannon.
(a reference to post-Decision Le Bron; in the wake of The Return, Raab offered an olive branch), he presents the demographic breakdown like this: "East dwelt Jews, Italians, and African Americans; the West Side was foreign territory full, in my imagination, of Eastern European goyim...
and toothless white trash from West Virginia." " -- it will have to do.
Moses Cleaveland, the guy who invented Cleveland in 1796, was himself a Connecticuter.
The first "Cleavelanders" who settled these parts (then, the town had an "a" in its name) were mostly wealthy landowners from New England. In one of the less subtle socio-economic divisions in early US history, the poor Irish laborers subsequently migrating to the area ended up on the other side of the river in an independent settlement called Ohio City.
In 1836, the East Siders erected the Columbus Street Road Bridge, the first permanent bridge across the Cuyahoga, to increase commerce to their side of the river.
Her parents had never set foot on the East Side until the day of our wedding." Talk to anyone around the city and you’ll hear similar stories highlighting the divide.Clevelanders don’t cross the river, and when we do, we don’t go very far.Like many Clevelanders still today, Raab, a Cleveland Heights kid, grew up meeting few people from across the river.He offers this story to underscore his point: "East and West Siders didn’t mix, save at ball games and Cleveland State University, where I met Wife One.The river, generally agreed on as the dividing line, is an apt place to start an examination of the rivalry, as it all began on the banks of the Cuyahoga: two settlements, one bridge, and a war.
The Western Reserve (the one that gives Case its name) was land originally reserved for Connecticut.