With breathtaking rapidity

“With breathtaking rapidity, we are destroying all that was lovely to look at and turning America into a prison house of the spirit. The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth.” Eric Sevareid 

...and that's why they call it Cleveland

Moses Cleaveland (January 29, 1754 – November 16, 1806) was a lawyer, politician, soldier, and surveyor fromConnecticut who founded the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, while surveying the Western Reserve in 1796.
Cleaveland was born in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut. He studied law at Yale University, graduating in 1777. He was commissioned as an ensign in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Army. In 1779 he was promoted to captain in the newly formed Corps of Engineers. He resigned from the army on June 7, 1781 and started a legal practice in Canterbury. As a Freemason he was initiated in a military lodge and became W. Master of Moriah Lodge, Connecticut.
He was known as a very energetic person with high ability. In 1788, he was a member of the Connecticut convention that ratified the United States Constitution. He was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly several times and in 1796 was commissioned brigadier general of militia.
He was a shareholder in the Connecticut Land Company, which had purchased land from the state of Connecticut the land in northeastern Ohio for $1,200,000 (Oho was then reserved to Connecticut by Congress, known at its first settlement as New Connecticut, and in later times as the Western Reserve.)
He was approached by the directors of the company in May 1796 and asked to lead the survey of the tract and the location of purchases. He was also responsible for the negotiations with the Native Americans living on the land. In June 1796, he set out from Schenectady, New York.
 His party included fifty people including six surveyors, a physician, a chaplain, a boatman, thirty-seven employees, a few emigrants and two women who accompanied their husbands.
The expedition landed along the shore and on July 22, 1796, landed at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River where the city of Cleveland stands today. 

There were on;y four settlers the first year, and by 1820 the population had grown to 150 inhabitants. Moses Cleaveland went home to Connecticut after the 1796 expedition and never returned to Ohio or the city that bears his name. He died in Canterbury, Connecticut, where he is also buried. Today, a statue of him stands on Public Square in Cleveland.

The Connecticut Governor's Residence

The Connecticut Governor's Residence is located at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford. The property has served as the official residence since 1945. Originally built in 1909 for George C.F. Williams, a Hartford physician and industrialist, it was designed in the Georgian Revival style and built at a cost of $337,000. 

The three-story home originally stood on 14 acres that included a grass tennis court, a greenhouse and a number of outbuildings. It remained in the Williams family until 1940. The property was acquired by the State of Connecticut in 1943. The 19-room residence sits on 4 acres and has 15,000 square feet of living space with nine fireplaces, nine bathrooms, a pool and a pergola.

Old Connecticut


I took these quick snaps while waiting for a train in Bridgeport.

I had to go from DC to Waterbury and back to DC, in one day, to fetch a copy of my birth certificate due to the incompetence of the US State Department Passport Office, a place where no can be fired or demoted no matter what they do. 

Anyway, the last time I was in the Bridgeport station, about 1974 I think, it was a massive Victorian style building as I recall, truly an enormous place or maybe it was just cavernous. It was lined with solid oak rows of chairs and the clerks were stowed away behind desks covered by fencing.  It's gone now, a shame in a way.  So much of that kind of Connecticut is gone forever.