Ohio Forgotten

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Jaite Paper Mill

Used with permission, from tmrc54 on flickr.

The Jaite Paper Mill opened in 1909. It employed hundreds of workers, up to 250 at one point. The workers lived in the houses in the Town of Jaite. It also produced a lot of paper, up to 8 tons per day. In 1984, the mill closed simply due to competition.

The Fourdrinier Line

Built in 1927, partially from components used in the mill’s original 1905 cylinder machine, the fourdrinier line is over 200 feet in length. The fourdrinier is only thing left after the mill was demolished be the National Park.


Railroad Sidings

After the railroad spur crosses the bridge it devides into different sidings for different loading areas of the mill. Many tracks are scattered behind the mill fence in the back.


More bridge pictures in the Railroad Spur section.


This is all that is left after the mill was demolished in the spring of 2006.


More to Come

I have hundreds of pictures to share as well as an interactive images map that will be coming soon.

Company Town

The Jaite Company Town currently serves as offices for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The town is located at the intersection of Riverview and Vaughn Roads. The buildings were constructed between the years 1907 and 1917.

They were built to serve as housing and support facilities for the mill employees, which numbered some 250 at the peak of production in the 1930’s.

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  1. John

    I went to the area recently. I was a truck driver and took scrap paper bundles there back in late 70s early 80s . where was the road going back there? Thought it was by brandywine .not sure now .Too bad it burned ,a lot of history lost.

    • It is Highland Road that turns into Vaughn Road. You turned off Brandywine onto Highland, then down the long hill into the Cuyahoga River Valley. I grew up on Highland Road (1972-89).

  2. Nick

    I grew up about a mile up the hill from the paper mill. Me and my brother played in there and explored it inside and out. I have a VHS video we made down there back in 1990 growing up with the valley pre recreation area was great. Abandoned houses and cars and the mill to explore.

  3. Jaite was a very interesting location. I wish I had done a little more exploring there before they demolished it. You can use my photos for this site if you wish:

    I also have more that are not on flickr

  4. Hope

    Wow I really liked your photos. My great grandfather was Charles Jaite, so seeing your picture was amazing.

    • Thanks, that’s really cool that Charles Jaite was your great grandfather!

      • Dale R. hawley

        I spent my early life living in Jaite. I went to Boston/Woodridge HS with Barbara Jaite. Are you related?

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