This site is in
the process of being
updated. There may
This is an independent
endeavor. It is not a commercial site and is not affiliated
with any neighborhood organization such as the
West Park Historical Society.
We do not accept
Park History Website
Charles C. Chaney
Updated: 30 June 2014
Number of visitors:
Charles Chaney's Index Page
History of the
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
The purpose of this site is to provide an informal
site concerning the history of the area and to share personal memories of the
neighborhood. The West Park community, as considered here, consists of four neighborhoods located
west of West 117th Street including the Jefferson, Kamm's Corners, Riverside and
Puritas-Longmead areas. This approximates the original composition of the
The name was derived from a wooded
park with a lake that John West operated
on his property at Lorain Avenue roughly between West 138th and
140th Streets. It was known as "West's Park" but evolved into
"West Park" for the short-lived town that developed in the area.
This site is not intended to serve as a neighborhood
directory nor as a totally complete listing but to be simply a place to share some of its history,
images and memories.
If you have memories
and photos of your experiences in the West Park neighborhood
that you would like to share please
feel free to Email this
West Park History website.
("Click" the name link to send an email
to this website.) If you have a website which you think would be relevant please
feel free to let us know about it so we can provide a link to it
on this site.
NEW ARTICLES & FEATURES
West 130th Recreation - Memories of the Hosta/Straka Families
Click West Park Historical Society
to learn about it.
existed before the historical society was formed but do not consider
ourselves to be in competition but, hopefully, complementary.
information on the present neighborhood that includes much of the western
part of the
original West Park area.
the history of West Park
FROM ROCKPORT TO WEST PARK,
by Ralph A. Pfingsten.
This is a long overdue source of information about the area. It will
certainly be used to help develop this website. Hats off to Mr.
Pfingsten and the John Marshal Alumni Association that published it. For
more information logon the to the Kamm's Corners Development Corporation at
or go to
The John Marshall High School Alumni
the above organizations are not affiliated with this
Park History website
was created and maintained by the following:
who lives in West Park and does most of the active research.
Charles C. Chaney who maintains this
Unless stated otherwise, most photographs have been supplied by
the Gary Swilik Collection.
Some images on this site have invisible watermarks.
Please request permission to use any of them.