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Run #44: Old Brooklyn - Part 4

 This was the fourth section run of the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. The boundary for this run was Woburn Ave (north) to Biddulph Rd (south) and from W. 58th Street (west) to Pearl Road (east).

Notable locations included:

James Ford Rhodes High School: The school opened in 1932 and was named after a local industrialist and historian. The land it sits on was once part of nearby Lutheran Cemetery. It's auditorium was built as part of the New Deal. Notable alumni include comedian/actor/Price Is Right host Drew Carey, 1944 Heisman Trophy winner Les Horvath, and poet d.a. levy. Also, Jesse Owens liked to workout on the Rhodes track, and after winning the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, he was presented several oak tree saplings by Adolph Hitler. During a football game in 1936, Jesse Owens dedicated one of the trees from the Black Forest of Germany to Rhodes High School. The tree still stands in the courtyard in back of the south football stands. Given that the tree is ending its natural lifecycle, the Old Brooklyn Community Development Organization and Holden Forests & Gardens recently horticulturally cultivated (cloned) and planted a new tree at the Rockefeller Park Lagoon.

Lutheran Cemetery: Opened in 1894 as a cemetery for all faiths but where many Lutheran families were buried. It is also home to a white oak Moses Cleaveland tree, meaning it was alive during the time of the 1796 founding of Cleveland.

St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church: Ground was broken for a church and school at the current St. Mark location in 1908. The core of today’s church and school was dedicated in 1925. St. Mark is the oldest Lutheran congregation on the south side of the Big Creek valley and conducted services in German until as late as the 1970s.

Nunzio's Pizza: Family-owned pizza shop founded in 1990 by first-generation Italian immigrant Nunzio Traina. One of three shops in the Cleveland area. Won some local awards back in 2009-2010.

Cleveland Motorcycle Supply: From Google Reviews: "A neighborhood icon. Friendly and knowledgeable, willing to impart their mechanical wisdom. Get one of their tshirts also, classic item that has been ten bucks for the past two decades I think."

Unity Lutheran Church: From the Old Brooklyn News: "In 1914 a group from St. Mark’s decided that they wanted to add worship services in English, but the majority of people at St. Mark’s weren’t ready for that yet. Those who wanted English withdrew from St. Mark’s, and with the help of the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, began meeting in a room over a drug store on Pearl Road. Ultimately they purchased land father south on Pearl Road and built Unity Lutheran Church. The partially completed church was dedicated in 1918; the completed church was dedicated in 1927."

Distance This Run: 8.5 miles

Distance So Far: 243.5 miles

Strava Recording 1

Strava Recording 2

The Moses Cleaveland tree at Lutheran Cemetery

Gifford Ave

End of the (city) line


The famous Jesse Owens oak tree at Rhodes HS

Entrance to beautiful James Ford Rhodes High School

Entrance to Lutheran Cemetery on Pearl Rd.

Unity Lutheran Church

Cleveland Motorcycle Supply

Pearl Road

St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church


Ardmore Ave