The Past

It would be impossible to discuss Train Avenue without also examining its past. It wasn’t always called Train Avenue. It wasn’t even always a road. The birth of Train Avenue was founded on the idea by city officials to solve a growing problem in the mid-late 1800s where nearby industry – slaughterhouses, breweries and other manufacturing operations, heavily polluted the stream by dumping their waste into Walworth Run, which connected right into the Cuyahoga River. Prior to 1900, it was a stream of water called Walworth Run, which ran right into the Cuyahoga River.

The birth of Train Avenue was founded on the idea by city officials to solve a growing problem in the mid-late 1800s where nearby industry – slaughterhouses, breweries and other manufacturing operations, heavily polluted the stream by dumping their waste into Walworth Run, which connected right into the Cuyahoga River.

Area residents – who used the tributary for their fresh water supply, complained for decades about the foul stench and unusable water until Cleveland City Council decided to bury Walworth Run and turn it into part of the sewer system around 1900. And, ever since – for over 120 years, Train Avenue has been known for being an illegal dumping ground, where other acts of violence routinely occur.