Cascade Locks Park Association

Cascade Locks Park Association Cascade Locks Park Association operates and maintains the Mustill Store Museum, Mustill Home and Schumacher Mill site. The museum is open from April through October.

www.cascadelocks.org Our organization promotes Cascade Locks Park, "Akron's Urban Park". A unique partnership with Metro Parks, Serving Summit County and the City of Akron allows us to promote the historical value of the park while also encouraging residents of Summit County and beyond to get out and about and enjoy nature! Here is the BEST MAP-LINK to the Mustill Store: http://tiny.cc/mustill-store-best-map

Operating as usual

10/03/2021
In 1945 the Cleveland Rams won the National Football League championship. And then they moved to Los Angeles for the sta...
09/29/2021

In 1945 the Cleveland Rams won the National Football League championship. And then they moved to Los Angeles for the start of the 1946 season. Northeast Ohio was left without a football team.
By that time the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) was formed as a challenger to the already established NFL. Arthur McBride started a new franchise in Cleveland and named the team after their head coach and manager, Paul Brown.
George Halas, the owner and manager of the NFL championship winning Chicago Bears, didn’t take the competition of the AAFC seriously. Still, he decided that he wanted to stake his claim in the AAFC and he bought a franchise in Akron. He launched the Akron Bears as a minor league affiliate to the Chicago Bears. But it was also an attempt to interfere with the Cleveland Browns territorial rights.
The Akron Bears were able to win on the field, but lost when it came to ticket sales. They even made it to their league championship, but attendance remained low. Unfortunately, the championship game was an away game, so they didn’t even get a ticket boost from that. The Bears lost 13-14 to the Jersey City Giants.
The final figures showed that it cost $116,000 to operate the Bears for just 100 days. The gross receipts only came in at $64,000. The team lost $14,000 just in travel, as most of the teams they played were on the east coast. While there were plans to create a more compact division which would have kept the Bears closer to home, the plans fell through. Due to the expected costs of the 1947 season, the Akron Bears suspended operations.
Today for Way Back Wednesday we see an action shot from the November 28, 1946 game between the Akron Bears and the Bethlehem Bulldogs from Pennsylvania. The Bears won this game 54-30!! To see the team’s stats, scores and roster go to https://www.profootballarchives.com/1946aflakr.html .

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/424/rec/4 . Info fromhttp://www.profootballresearchers.org/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/19-01-688.pdf and Wikipedia.)

#WayBackWednesday

In 1945 the Cleveland Rams won the National Football League championship. And then they moved to Los Angeles for the start of the 1946 season. Northeast Ohio was left without a football team.
By that time the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) was formed as a challenger to the already established NFL. Arthur McBride started a new franchise in Cleveland and named the team after their head coach and manager, Paul Brown.
George Halas, the owner and manager of the NFL championship winning Chicago Bears, didn’t take the competition of the AAFC seriously. Still, he decided that he wanted to stake his claim in the AAFC and he bought a franchise in Akron. He launched the Akron Bears as a minor league affiliate to the Chicago Bears. But it was also an attempt to interfere with the Cleveland Browns territorial rights.
The Akron Bears were able to win on the field, but lost when it came to ticket sales. They even made it to their league championship, but attendance remained low. Unfortunately, the championship game was an away game, so they didn’t even get a ticket boost from that. The Bears lost 13-14 to the Jersey City Giants.
The final figures showed that it cost $116,000 to operate the Bears for just 100 days. The gross receipts only came in at $64,000. The team lost $14,000 just in travel, as most of the teams they played were on the east coast. While there were plans to create a more compact division which would have kept the Bears closer to home, the plans fell through. Due to the expected costs of the 1947 season, the Akron Bears suspended operations.
Today for Way Back Wednesday we see an action shot from the November 28, 1946 game between the Akron Bears and the Bethlehem Bulldogs from Pennsylvania. The Bears won this game 54-30!! To see the team’s stats, scores and roster go to https://www.profootballarchives.com/1946aflakr.html .

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/424/rec/4 . Info fromhttp://www.profootballresearchers.org/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/19-01-688.pdf and Wikipedia.)

#WayBackWednesday

Early-bird food and drink ticket sales will end tomorrow, Sept 30! You get $26 dollars of drink tickets for $20! That's ...
09/29/2021

Early-bird food and drink ticket sales will end tomorrow, Sept 30! You get $26 dollars of drink tickets for $20! That's like letting us buy you a beer! Go to https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/
for the food and drink tickets and don't forget to get your raffle tickets while you are there!

Early-bird food and drink ticket sales will end tomorrow, Sept 30! You get $26 dollars of drink tickets for $20! That's like letting us buy you a beer! Go to https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/
for the food and drink tickets and don't forget to get your raffle tickets while you are there!

FOUR Akron brewers in ONE location?!?! It must be time for LOCKTOBERFEST 2021! Please join us Sunday, October 3rd from 1...
09/28/2021

FOUR Akron brewers in ONE location?!?! It must be time for LOCKTOBERFEST 2021!
Please join us Sunday, October 3rd from 1 to 6 pm at The Trailhead at Cascade Lofts for German food, live German music, beer, dancing, and more! Go here https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ to get your early-bird food and drink tickets before they fly south!

FOUR Akron brewers in ONE location?!?! It must be time for LOCKTOBERFEST 2021!
Please join us Sunday, October 3rd from 1 to 6 pm at The Trailhead at Cascade Lofts for German food, live German music, beer, dancing, and more! Go here https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ to get your early-bird food and drink tickets before they fly south!

The early-bird food and drink ticket price ends Thursday the 30th! Get $26 dollars of tickets for $20! That's like getti...
09/27/2021

The early-bird food and drink ticket price ends Thursday the 30th! Get $26 dollars of tickets for $20! That's like getting a beer on us! Go to https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ now to get the deal! You can also buy your raffle tickets while you are there!

The early-bird food and drink ticket price ends Thursday the 30th! Get $26 dollars of tickets for $20! That's like getting a beer on us! Go to https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/ now to get the deal! You can also buy your raffle tickets while you are there!

Are those guys running to Locktoberfest 2021 ? No, that's not until October 3rd! They are running the Akron Marathon! Jo...
09/25/2021

Are those guys running to Locktoberfest 2021 ? No, that's not until October 3rd! They are running the Akron Marathon! Join us at The Mustill Store to support these impressive athletes!!

Are those guys running to Locktoberfest 2021 ? No, that's not until October 3rd! They are running the Akron Marathon! Join us at The Mustill Store to support these impressive athletes!!

It's a beautiful day for a marathon!! The Akron Marathon will be running right past the Mustill Store this morning! We a...
09/25/2021

It's a beautiful day for a marathon!! The Akron Marathon will be running right past the Mustill Store this morning! We are here and open early! C'mon down and watch the runners with us!

It's a beautiful day for a marathon!! The Akron Marathon will be running right past the Mustill Store this morning! We are here and open early! C'mon down and watch the runners with us!

Please join us at the Trailhead at The Cascade Lofts on Sunday, October 3, 2021 for Locktoberfest 2021! Locktoberfest is...
09/16/2021

Please join us at the Trailhead at The Cascade Lofts on Sunday, October 3, 2021 for Locktoberfest 2021! Locktoberfest is a celebration of German culture and heritage to honor the many German immigrants who helped to build the Ohio & Erie Canal. Come to the Trailhead to enjoy music from the Cleveland Donaschwabische Blaskapelle and dancers from The German Family Society! We will have beer and German food as well as a 50/50 drawing and an alcohol basket raffle!
Please visit our Square site to purchase raffle tickets and to get early-bird food and drink tickets! https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/

Please join us at the Trailhead at The Cascade Lofts on Sunday, October 3, 2021 for Locktoberfest 2021! Locktoberfest is a celebration of German culture and heritage to honor the many German immigrants who helped to build the Ohio & Erie Canal. Come to the Trailhead to enjoy music from the Cleveland Donaschwabische Blaskapelle and dancers from The German Family Society! We will have beer and German food as well as a 50/50 drawing and an alcohol basket raffle!
Please visit our Square site to purchase raffle tickets and to get early-bird food and drink tickets! https://cascade-locks-park-association.square.site/

The Works Progress Administration (later renamed the Works Projects Administration) was established on May 6, 1935. The ...
09/15/2021

The Works Progress Administration (later renamed the Works Projects Administration) was established on May 6, 1935. The WPA was an agency of FDR’s New Deal which employed millions of job seekers to carry out public works projects.
From 1935 until the program ended in 1943 the WPA employed 8.5 million American workers. They mostly built roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects. Some well-known WPA projects include Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY, and Camp David, Maryland. There are 308 WPA projects in Ohio including post offices, nature centers, and parks.
In 1939 the WPA authorized the construction of a horseshoe-shaped stadium adjacent to Derby Downs (a 1936 WPA project) in Akron. Construction lasted about a year and the dedication ceremony was held in August of 1940.
The Rubber Bowl was the home of the Akron Zips football team. The Rubber Bowl didn’t just host football teams from around the country. It also saw rodeos, dirt track racing, circuses, and hundreds of concerts before its closure in 2008.
Here we see an aerial photograph of the future home of the Akron Rubber Bowl c. 1939. This huge depression was left when dirt was taken to fill in a swamp area for the Akron Municipal Airport. Derby Downs can be seen on the lower right side of the photo. (photo courtesy summitmemory.org Shorty Fulton Collection)
#WayBackWednesday

The Works Progress Administration (later renamed the Works Projects Administration) was established on May 6, 1935. The WPA was an agency of FDR’s New Deal which employed millions of job seekers to carry out public works projects.
From 1935 until the program ended in 1943 the WPA employed 8.5 million American workers. They mostly built roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects. Some well-known WPA projects include Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY, and Camp David, Maryland. There are 308 WPA projects in Ohio including post offices, nature centers, and parks.
In 1939 the WPA authorized the construction of a horseshoe-shaped stadium adjacent to Derby Downs (a 1936 WPA project) in Akron. Construction lasted about a year and the dedication ceremony was held in August of 1940.
The Rubber Bowl was the home of the Akron Zips football team. The Rubber Bowl didn’t just host football teams from around the country. It also saw rodeos, dirt track racing, circuses, and hundreds of concerts before its closure in 2008.
Here we see an aerial photograph of the future home of the Akron Rubber Bowl c. 1939. This huge depression was left when dirt was taken to fill in a swamp area for the Akron Municipal Airport. Derby Downs can be seen on the lower right side of the photo. (photo courtesy summitmemory.org Shorty Fulton Collection)
#WayBackWednesday

International Literacy Day is a holiday celebrated each year on September 8th. It was first celebrated in 1967.  UNESCO ...
09/08/2021

International Literacy Day is a holiday celebrated each year on September 8th. It was first celebrated in 1967. UNESCO founded the holiday “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights” The goal of the celebration is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

International Literacy Day is celebrated by students and other volunteers who tutor readers of all ages in their communities. Other people donate books to their local library to assist with library funding. Check with your local library to see if they have any Literacy Day programs.

Literacy rates have improved over the past 54 years, but there are thought to be 750 million adults globally who cannot read. That number includes approximately 32 million Americans.

For more information about adult literacy programs visit https://aefla.ed.gov/

Todays #WayBackWednesday is a photograph of milk cartons from Akron area Acme and Sparkle stores, which had logos for Akron Public Schools' "Legion for Literacy" campaign; the campaign was a way for school officials to encourage students to read more. From 1979.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/7148/rec/1 . Info from Wikipedia and https://nationaltoday.com/international-literacy-day/ )

International Literacy Day is a holiday celebrated each year on September 8th. It was first celebrated in 1967. UNESCO founded the holiday “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights” The goal of the celebration is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

International Literacy Day is celebrated by students and other volunteers who tutor readers of all ages in their communities. Other people donate books to their local library to assist with library funding. Check with your local library to see if they have any Literacy Day programs.

Literacy rates have improved over the past 54 years, but there are thought to be 750 million adults globally who cannot read. That number includes approximately 32 million Americans.

For more information about adult literacy programs visit https://aefla.ed.gov/

Todays #WayBackWednesday is a photograph of milk cartons from Akron area Acme and Sparkle stores, which had logos for Akron Public Schools' "Legion for Literacy" campaign; the campaign was a way for school officials to encourage students to read more. From 1979.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.summitmemory.org/digital/collection/ABJarchives/id/7148/rec/1 . Info from Wikipedia and https://nationaltoday.com/international-literacy-day/ )

During the late 1800’s the average American worker worked 12 hours days, 7 days a week just to make enough to feed their...
09/01/2021

During the late 1800’s the average American worker worked 12 hours days, 7 days a week just to make enough to feed their families and survive. Children worked right next to adults for a fraction of the pay. Working conditions were unsafe and often unsanitary.
Manufacturing soon overtook agriculture as the primary employment for most Americans. Labor unions grew more prominent and vocal about the poor working conditions. They organized rallies and strikes to compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay rates. Sometimes the events turned violent, like the Haymarket Affair of 1886 and the Pullman Strike of 1894.
Finally after much unrest across the country, Congress passed an act naming Labor Day as a federal holiday. On June 28, 1894 President Grover Cleveland signed it into law.
Labor Day pays tribute to the contribution of workers to the advancement and achievements of the United States. American workers celebrate their day off with parades, picnics, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many people, Labor Day represents the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of the back-to-school season.
This week’s Way Back Wednesday is from Labor Day, September 1, 1941. Barberton High School’s Band led over 1,000 local union supporters in a parade to support the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union (CIO). The union laborers at the Barberton insulator plant of the Ohio Brass Company went on strike after the union charged the company with stalling in negotiations. On September 16th, after a three and a half month long strike, Ohio Brass Company finally agreed to a proposal from the National Defense Mediation board, recognizing the union and giving workers a .10 per hour raise. When the workers returned, they resumed production of insulators used in the construction of Bonneville dam and other national defense projects.
#WayBackWednesday
(Photo courtesy of summitmemory.org/AkronBeaconJournalPhotographs Collection. Information from Wikipedia and https://reference.insulators.info/publications/view/?id=3302 )

During the late 1800’s the average American worker worked 12 hours days, 7 days a week just to make enough to feed their families and survive. Children worked right next to adults for a fraction of the pay. Working conditions were unsafe and often unsanitary.
Manufacturing soon overtook agriculture as the primary employment for most Americans. Labor unions grew more prominent and vocal about the poor working conditions. They organized rallies and strikes to compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay rates. Sometimes the events turned violent, like the Haymarket Affair of 1886 and the Pullman Strike of 1894.
Finally after much unrest across the country, Congress passed an act naming Labor Day as a federal holiday. On June 28, 1894 President Grover Cleveland signed it into law.
Labor Day pays tribute to the contribution of workers to the advancement and achievements of the United States. American workers celebrate their day off with parades, picnics, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many people, Labor Day represents the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of the back-to-school season.
This week’s Way Back Wednesday is from Labor Day, September 1, 1941. Barberton High School’s Band led over 1,000 local union supporters in a parade to support the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union (CIO). The union laborers at the Barberton insulator plant of the Ohio Brass Company went on strike after the union charged the company with stalling in negotiations. On September 16th, after a three and a half month long strike, Ohio Brass Company finally agreed to a proposal from the National Defense Mediation board, recognizing the union and giving workers a .10 per hour raise. When the workers returned, they resumed production of insulators used in the construction of Bonneville dam and other national defense projects.
#WayBackWednesday
(Photo courtesy of summitmemory.org/AkronBeaconJournalPhotographs Collection. Information from Wikipedia and https://reference.insulators.info/publications/view/?id=3302 )

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hello friends this is one thing i miss not living in AKRON ANYMORE
When is the towpath trail north of Mustill Store supposed to reopen?
Oktoberfest (Locktoberfest) this year?
Sharing a good time with the neighbors is what Locktoberfest is all about. Join us at Lock 15 Brewing.
Check out the varieties offered. "Cascade Locks Pale Ale"
Stop by and see the Monarch Waystation at Schumacher Mill site, Cascade Valley Akron (57 W. North St). In addition to lots of blooming plants (native plants) you can see the latest addition: Pollinator Specialist Denny Reiser has set up a puddling station for butterflies. Who would have thunk? They like mud puddles! Location: Monarch Waystation at Schumacher Mill site, Cascade Valley Akron (57 W. North St). Butterflies will use these shallow puddles as drinking stations. They also like to sip muddy water because it supplies them with minerals they need. Photo credit: Guy Marentette
Check out the latest Jane's Walk at the Cascade Locks Park & Mustill Store Museum
There will be a Jane's Walk at the Cascade Locks Park / Mustill Store Museum on Friday May 4th 2018 starting at 5:30pm. Details will be posted to the Jane's Walk page soon. Come learn about the industrial history of Akron's canal and mill race era.
Congratulations on your recent civic affairs grant and for helping to preserve this important piece of Akron history.
Today is National Museum Day - Come Visit the Mustill Store Museum. We have an Akron2Akron Walk starting at 3pm today.
Life and Death On the Locks: 1800's Murder Mystery Gala was a resounding success. Funds were raised for maintaining the historic locks for future generations to marvel the resourcefulness of their ancestors. Lizzie's descendants did just that last night. Thank you Beth Leipold, Wendy Kertesz and Cascade Locks Park Association for welcoming Lizzie's story into Akron history.
Hi Canal history fans, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library is hosting a FREE presentation "The Story of Ohio's Canals" Date: Thursday 08/10/2017 at 7:00 PM Join Tom O’Grady, instructor at Ohio University, for his presentation on Ohio canals. Beginning in 1825, Ohio began constructing its canal system that eventually included nearly 1,000 miles of channel and towpaths laced with stone locks and culverts, aqueducts, feeder lakes, and slack water ponds....More at this link http://www.smfpl.org/event/2017_08_10/story_ohios_canals