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Firestone Research Center, Akron, Ohio

Firestone Research Center

Constructed at a cost of $2 million, Firestone’s research laboratory sat on a hill overlooking the vast factory complex of the Firestone empire. At the time, this three-story brick structure was one of the world’s largest and most complete laboratories for rubber and plastics research.

Union Depot

Union (Station) Depot

Akron’s second Union Station was constructed in 1891 and had several addition made before being demolished in 1951. The facility was located in Akron’s downtown between East Market Street and Park Street. Akron’s Union Station served three major railroads including the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, the Cleveland Akron & Columbus railroad (Pennsylvania Railroad), and the…

New Dam at the Gorge, Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Gorge – Dam

The dam was built in 1911-1912 by the Northern Ohio Traction & Light Co. as part of a hydroelectric plant that generated electricity for its Akron trolley cars. Use of the Hydroelectric generation plant was discontinued in 1958.    

Akron Central Fire Station, Akron, Ohio

Fire Station – Central

The founding of the Akron Fire Department dates all the way back to 1839 when Akron Council provided for the creation of volunteer companies to replace the Fire Warden.  The “North Akron Fire Company” was formed on December 11, 1839.  The first fire engine house was erected in 1841.

Main Street Viaduct, Akron. Ohio

Main Street Viaduct

The North Hill Viaduct was an impressive structure. At 2810 feet long, 72 feet wide and 135 feet high at the river, it made a lasting impression on anyone viewing it. This longtime iconic symbol of Akron was destroyed and replaced by the All American Y Bridge.

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