Birdtown roosts in the National Register of Historic Places
- We win one! An honest to goodness ethnic, historical, treasured community, a company town of Eastern European immigrants at the turn of the century, will endure and be protected as part of our national heritage.
They came to a small quadrant of Lakewood, Ohio to work at the nearby "battery factory," National Carbon Company. Homes were built on streets named for birds, Plover, Thrush, Robin, Lark, and Quail, hence the name Birdtown.
For more history of the area, check out this site, done by some special third-graders as a class project, http://www.lkwdpl.org/schools/elempath/discovery/history/birdtown/index.htm
I am as pleased as pleased can be, button-popping proud, and a just a little misty-eyed at this event. After all in the Cleveland area, they are closing down so many churches, taking out monumental bridges, destroying skating rinks and amusement parks, closing schools, leveling neighborhoods,and so on. We need to keep physical reminders of our past.