Moses Cleaveland's "Capital Town"

Moses Cleaveland's "Capital Town" (HM2IZD)

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N 41° 29.791', W 81° 42.079'

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In July 1796, the first survey party for the Connecticut Land Company, led by General Moses Cleaveland (1754-1806), landed on the shore of Lake Erie near present-day Ashtabula to lay out the lands of the Connecticut Western Reserve. On July 22 the party arrived at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, the western boundary line for American settlement established by the Treaty of Greenville, and set up a base camp near this site. On the eastern river bluff the surveyors platted the "capital town" of the Western Reserve and called it Cleaveland, a misspelling later changed the name to Cleveland. The original survey called for a Public Square, surrounded by right-angled streets and uniformly-shaped lots. Cleaveland returned to Connecticut in October to resume his law practice and never returned to Ohio.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Marietta Chapter NSDAR, Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 441462 N 4594114
Decimal Degrees41.49651667, -81.70131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 29.791', W 81° 42.079'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 29' 47.46" N, 81° 42' 4.74" W
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