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Quilliams Creek walk handout

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For 2016, Cleveland Heights Rocks and Waters walks Quilliams Creek, a major tributary of Nine Mile Creek within the city.
On sidewalks and forest paths, we follow Quilliams on its course to join Nine Mile.
Walk through the local geology, ecology and history of this important bluestone landscape.
Nine Mile Creek is a new member of the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern for watershed restoration. We’ll also discuss stream restoration issues.

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Quilliams Creek walk handout

  1. 1. Cuyahoga River Area of Concern City of Cleveland Heights Cleveland Heights Rocks & Waters Saturday, May 21, 2016 R Larick, K Roberts, W Barrow, J Miller Bluestone Heights Nine Mile Creek gorge, looking SE Quilliams Creek © 2016 Bluestone Heights For 2016, Cleveland Heights Rocks & Waters takes on Quilliams Creek, a tributary of Nine Mile Creek within the Noble neighborhood. On sidewalks and forest paths, we follow Quilliams on its course to join Nine Mile. We’ll walk the local geology, ecology and history of this choice bluestone landscape. Nine Mile Creek sits in the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern for watershed restoration. We’ll discuss possibilities for regenerating local natural capital. The immediate environmental issue is polluted stormwater. Pavement and other impervious surfaces inhibit earth’s ability to infiltrate rainfall. Runoff thus flows into storm sewers. Before entering these systems, waste from roads and parking lots is absorbed. The polluted mixture must be treated in advance of being sent to Lake Erie. With green infrastructure, stormwater is infiltrated in place, before picking up pollutants. The AOC promotes solutions made possible as the city shrinks and former greenspace reemerges. Two recent Nine Mile projects fit within this pattern: Langerdale Urban Marsh (2012) and Oakwood Green (2013). Cleveland Heights Rocks & Waters Cleveland Heights Historical Society Cleveland Heights Landmark Comm Heights Libraries & Noble Neighbors Deep History Walk A National Preservation Month activity Sponsored by How does a neighborhood landscape come to be? What does nature provide? Can humans live in ways that honor the gift? Rocks and Waters walking tours find answers along neighborhood stream courses. Here, natural and human forces combine to shape landscapes. The resulting mixture is always intriguing. To our advantage, the city is rich with streams: Doan, Dugways and Nine Mile. Rocks and Waters walks explore the deep history of small-scale stream landscapes. We look for the elemental forces giving rise to natural landforms, and the human actions that transform nature— for better or for worse. In 1988, the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC) was born to manage the health of Cleveland’s small watersheds, including Dugway Brooks and Nine Mile Creek. Cuyahoga River Area of Concern Deep history begins with the ancient shaping forces of our Portage Escarpment landforms: oceans, mountains and glaciers. In 1797, humans became primary change agents with roads, buildings and utilities. Locally, the weave of nature and culture has produced unique Heights landscapes, such as the Euclid bluestone terrace. Rocks & Waters stream walks Join us to explore deep history and preservation issues. Help forge the insights upon which the Heights can grow green and maintain heritage. North ‘13 ‘14 ‘15 ‘16 ‘17
  2. 2. Overlay: A.H. Mueller: Atlas of Cuyhoga County, 1898 © 2016 Bluestone Heights moraine west tip Samuel Luster tannery (~1850). Above, c. 1930. Below, at present William Quilliams house (1867) Cherry Hill (c. 1870) in 2011. Houses on Noble Rd, 1919. Behlen Wine House? bluestoneheights.org roylarick@gmail.com Quilliams Creek Landscape change on the bluestone terrace Above, 1815 building ~1890. Euclid Church Below: 1897 building, at present NELA Park. Above, 1912. Below, at present North quarry Underlay: USGS LiDAR; Google Earth A History of NELA Park, 1957 D. Lawrence C. Busta-Peck A History of East Cleveland, 1979 Spiritual Pioneers, 2001 Wikimedia Commons K. O’Donnell The bluestone terrace is a unique Heights landscape. The highland set the stage for the evolution of local landforms such as the Quilliams and Nine Mile ravines. During the 19th century, two Quilliams households intensively farmed here. The William Quilliams house is a Cleveland Hts landmark. By chance in June 1797, a Connecticut Land Co. north-south survey line skirted a deep ravine. Early settlers appropriated the meridian as the longest north-south track within a set of crosscutting ravines. Two centuries later, Quilliams Road still dictates municipal functions, residential settings and daily commutes. QuilliamsRd Cleveland Heights South Euclid East Cleveland Cleveland Rush ‘plantaion’ of 1818 (315 a) John Randolph (1773-1833) of Roanoke VA, elitist planter & states’ rights U.S. Congressman (House and Senate). F. Jennings

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