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The Cuyahoga River (Crooked River) has had 13 fires, in 1868,1883,1887,1912,1922,1936,1941,1948,1952 and 1969.

On June 22, 1969 a spark from a passing train over the Cuyahoga River in Ohio had fallen onto the river which is covered in oil and pollution. This caused a fire to occur that lasted about 30 minutes and caused $50,000 worth of damage. This was not the first or the most dangerous fire on the Cuyahoga river. In 1952, a fire lasted 3 days and cost over $1.5 million dollars in damage.One in 1912 had killed 5 people and another in 1936 burned for 5 days. The Cuyahoga River has caught fire about 13 times since 1868. The 1968 fire brought national attention to the environmental problems in Ohio and elsewhere in the country.


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Resources:
http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1642
http://www.bigsiteofamazingfacts.com/why-did-the-cuyahoga-river-in-cleveland-ohio-catch-fire
http://faroutliers.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/cuyahoga-river-fires-of-1868-1912-1936-1952-1969/

By: Cassie Mullins