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
The West Park History Website
Charles C. Chaney
13 July 2016
Charles Chaney's Index Page
History of the West Park
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 neighborhood.
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
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 it to the 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
Park Memories of Michael McGanno
Montrose Pillars by Gary Swilik
happened to Lorain Street by Gary Swilik
of Old West Park by Gary Swilik
Grocery Store and Meat Market by Gary Swilik
Roller Coaster by Gary Swilik
William & Olga Nichols family by Carol Nichols Henninger
|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.
website for information on the present
neighborhood that includes much of the western part of the original
West Park area.
A book of interest for
West Park residents:
Phil H. Marquard and
Cleveland's "Homes Beautiful"
by Thomas A. Marquard
Click here for details
A book about 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 http://www.kammscorners.com/historybook.html
or go to The
John Marshall High School Alumni Association
(Note that the above organizations are not
affiliated with this site.)
West Park History website
This website was created and maintained by the
Gary Swilik who lives in West
Park and does most of the active research.
Charles C. Chaney who maintains this site.
stated otherwise, most photographs have been supplied by the Gary
Some images on this site have
Please request permission to use any of them.