burning river

When I was at school in Ireland, I only had one professor who knew anything about Cleveland. Whenever he introduced me, he would say, "This is Stephanie - she's from the city where the river burned."

The fire my professor was thinking of was in 1969, but the river burned many times before that. This is a photo from the worst fire, November 1952.

Photo by James Thomas. November 3, 1952. Via Cleveland Memory.