The paper mill was a short distance from a railway line running between Cleveland and Akron. In 1907, the Jaite Company obtained right-of-way from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to construct a sideline to the mill.
Between 1907 and 1909 the spur was completed, with B&O Bridge No. 451/1 providing the crossing over the Cuyahoga River.
Trains used the railroad line until it closed in 1985. The track hasn’t been used since then. The switch to the spur was removed sometime in 2002.
The bank opposite of the paper mill side used to be lined with cars all from the 40’s and 50’s. I grew up right up the hill from there and we’d spend so many summer vacation days playing in the paper mill and valley. Even got blamed for setting it on fire in the early late 80’s early 90’s.
See some work going on, back on the old paper mill property from the Towpath. Has this bridge been removed since 2014…???
“Trains used the railroad line until it closed in 1985. The track hasn’t been used since then.”
The track is in use. It’s the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (Cuyahoga Valley National Park) owned by the National Park Service.
According to one ranger I spoke to they wanted to do more with the bridge and the paper making machine (that’s rusting out in the elements *boo*) but the money just isn’t there. The big parks are first in line and on down it goes.
how would i find this?
The bridge is still there, and some of the trackage, also cement from the Papermill, but is unuseable.