The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Then & Now series is Olmsted from local author Dale Thomas. The book boasts more than 200 vintage and modern images chronicling the growth of this Ohio township.
North Olmsted’s images illustrate the urbanization resulting from the economic boom following World War II. In contrast, Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township still have the atmosphere of a small town, resembling its larger neighbor before the war.
Dale Thomas is the author of Images of America: North Olmsted, and here he examines the evolution of the area. A retired history teacher, he is a graduate of Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University. In addition to being the archivist for the Olmsted Historical Society, Thomas serves on the North Olmsted Landmarks Commission. The author hopes the book will “make readers aware of the historic buildings that have disappeared during the last century.”
Highlights of Olmsted:
• In the 20th century, many historic structures have disappeared in Olmsted.
• Since 1962, Frostville has grown from one house to a small village in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
• Starting in 1894, the interurban railway led to the rapid growth of population in the northern region of the township.
• During prohibition in 1930, a speakeasy opened in a mansion near North Olmsted village hall.
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