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Willoughby Hills Historical Society, Inc.

Historical IndianThe Mission of the Willoughby Hills Historical Society is to discover and preserve the historic resources of Willoughby Hills and Willoughby Township, and to encourage a preservation ethic in our community.

The Willoughby Hills Historical Society was founded in March of 1988 and was certified as a Not-For-Profit Corporation on May 23, 1988.

It collects, preserves and displays or otherwise provides for study as far as may be feasible of printed material, photographs, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities of the past.

The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of the odd numbered months in the lower level of the Community Building in the "Historical Society Room" and our newsletter, REFLECTIONS, listing our program for the meeting, is sent to our members the week before the meeting.

Individual memberships are $5/yr. or $100 for life membership.  Family memberships are $7.50/yr. or $150 for life membership.  Click here for membership application.

For more information or a membership application, contact Frank or Mary Cihula at (440) 946-5557 or e‑mail at whhs-oh@att.net.

Meeting/Program Schedule for 2016:

January 27, 2016, 7:00 PM            Barb Widden; Chim Chimney Cher-ee.

March 23, 2016, 7:00 PM               Carolyn Patton Portraying Betsy Ross.

May 25, 2016, 7:00 PM                   Dr. Ron Taddeo presents: 
                                                     "Lake County's Japanese Connection".

September 28, 2016, 7:00 PM        Rebecca McFarland & Tom Pappas present:
                                                    Cleveland's Union Terminal.  A look at the early
                                                    days of the Terminal Tower on Public Square. 
                                                    They will show some never-seen-before
                                                    of the Terminal!

DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 11-7-2016 )

             The Pleasant Valley Bridge was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company in 1881.  It is 167 feet long and one of the oldest double-intersection Pratt trusses in Ohio and the only one in Lake County.  It may also be the oldest remaining bridge of its type in Lake County.  The bridge is a "plat and channel truss bridge", named from the manner in which the top chord and end posts were fabricated, and was used where a long span was needed to carry heavy traffic.  This one lane bridge was the original US Route 6 (Euclid Chardon Rd.) bridge over the Chagrin River until the 1950's.  Its predecessor, a wooden bridge was built when the Dodd's Mill's were constructed in the 1840's.  Prior to the construction of the first bridge, crossing the river was done at a "ford" several hundred feet downstream.

            The above information was taken from an article in the "Ohio County Engineer, Spring 1997", written by David A. Simmons of the Ohio Historical Society.

2001 Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved