How To Spend Two Hours In Cleveland

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If you find yourself in Cleveland, Ohio and you have two hours to spend sightseeing, and you’ve already seen the things I wrote about here and here, check out these things I saw this past Saturday when I found myself in just this situation!

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These towering figures are called The Guardians of Traffic by local residents.  Frank Walker and Henry Hering called them “Lords of Transportation” when they created them.  They are carved into the pylons on either end of the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge that spans the Cuyahoga River (you know, the river that caught fire in 1969 because it was so polluted – yeah, that one).  There are four of them, and each side of each pylon has a larger-than-life carving of a “traffic guardian”.  Each Guardian is holding a different vehicle in their hands, portraying the history of ground transportation.

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If you start driving at this end of the bridge and go across the river, you would drive right into this:

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Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.  This picture was taken around noon on Saturday.  By midnight on Saturday there was 3-5 inches of snow on the ground.  I have no idea how the home baseball opener went for the fans in Cleveland, but you just should not have to wear snow boots to a baseball game.  That’s what I think anyway!

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So, what could this oil funnel have to do with Cleveland?  Well, there is a Methodist Church located at the corner of Euclid and MLK in University Circle that is said to look like a giant, old-fashioned oil can.  I guess I see it, but I don’t know about the nickname “Church of the Holy Oil Can”.  What do you think?

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Finally, we saw the Cleveland Thinker statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  The museum is located at 11150 East Boulevard in Cleveland.  When we got there, it was starting to snow and the wind was howling, so we didn’t actually get out of the car, but we were able to get these pictures:

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This replica of Rodin’s “The Thinker” has been in front of Cleveland’s Museum of Art since 1917.  In 1970, the Thinker statue was bombed with a pipe bomb, and it was knocked off the base.  Both of the Thinker’s legs were destroyed.  The bomb was blamed on Vietnam War protestors, but nobody was ever caught.  It was later decided not to repair the statue, but to leave it in its original spot, in its damaged condition.

So there you have it.  If you still have time to kill, you could drive through Sonic for a diet cherry limeade.  I’m just saying.

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