'Crystal Lake,' 1904


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'Crystal Lake,' 1904

Horseshoe Lake is called 'Crystal Lake' in this image from a 1904 sales brochure published by the Buffalo real estate company that once owned the old North Union Shaker land. The 37-page advertisement was titled "Shaker Heights: ideal home sites: pure air and water, country surroundings, city conveniences, best values in suburban property." It highlighted the natural beauty of the area, attempting to attract wealthy Clevelanders fed up with the polluted and overcrowded big city.

A year after this advertisement appeared, the Van Sweringen brothers purchased the entire Shaker property for $1 million dollars. They would go on to develop the land into Shaker Heights.

Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society


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