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Welcome to Cleveland Landmarks Press
  • Acrosss Many Fields
  • Cleveland's Short Vincent
  • East Fourth Street
  • Surviving the Drought
  • Vintage Cleveland
  • Cleveland & its Streetcars
  • Citizen Soldiers:107th Cavalry Regiment, Ohio National Guard
  • A Cleveland Original: 50 Years Behind the Lens
  • Cleveland Stadium: The Last Chapter
  • Horse Trails to Regional Rails: The Story of Public Transit in Greater Cleveland
  • Cleveland's Towering Treasure: A Landmark Turns 75
  • Euclid Avenue: Cleveland's Sophisticated Lady
  • The Heart of Cleveland: the Story of Public Square in the 20th Century
  • Founded in Faith: Cleveland's Lost Catholic Legacy
  • Euclid Beach Park Album
  • Vintage Cleveland II: More Photographs of Yesteryear
  • Pop Goes Cleveland - The Impact of Cleveland & Northeast Ohio on Pop Culture
  • A Shaker Rapid Album
  • Cleveland's Dynamic Transit Heritage
  • Cleveland's Transit Vehicles
  • The Peter Witt Streetcars of Cleveland


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Greg Deegand and James Toman
Dan Cook and Jim Toman in 1980
In 1980, it seemed Cleveland didn’t have much going for it, community spirit was on the wane, and few books about the city found their way into print. Dan Cook and Jim Toman decided to try to do something about it.

They established Cleveland Landmarks Press, Inc. in that year, its mission to produce books about the city’s landmarks and about its key events. The first book was The Terminal Tower Complex, celebrating that landmark’s golden anniversary.

Greg Deegan became a partner in the company in 1997.

Over the next three-plus decades, Cleveland Landmarks Press has published 33 books, and we hope Greater Clevelanders and former Greater Clevelanders have found in these books information to enhance their knowledge of the city and to rekindle fond memories of days gone by. Cleveland Landmarks Press remains committed to preserving the history of the city. If you’re looking for books on Cleveland’s history, you have found the right spot.

In 2007, Cleveland Landmarks Press established a charitable foundation to further its commitment to the City of Cleveland and to the people who call it home. Its mission is threefold, to support:

  1. The work of non-profit cultural and philanthropic institutions;
  2. The initiatives of Cleveland residents who have been referred to the Foundation by a recognized philanthropic, religious, or charitable organization wishing to engage in neighborhood and community improvement projects; and
  3. The preservation of Cleveland history and heritage.
Greg Deegand and James Toman
Jim Toman and Greg Deegan

Chartered in the State of Ohio and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3), contributions to the work of the Foundation are exempt from taxes as specified by law. Contributions to the Cleveland Landmarks Press Foundation may be sent to the CLP Foundation, 14189 Washington Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44118.

Browse our website. Hopefully you will find a title which will help you, or perhaps a family member or friend, recall treasured memories: the days of streetcars clanging through Public Square, patrons clinking silverware at The Silver Grille, the hum of shoppers “doing Euclid Avenue,” and cheers of Browns and Indians fans at old Municipal Stadium…and many other wonderful things about a great city.

Cleveland Landmarks Press, Inc.
Cleveland Books for Cleveland Memories

 

Featured Books

Geauga Lake:

Sunrise to Sunset

By Tom Smolko with Joe Taylor

This book traces the story of Northeast Ohio’s most famous amusement park. From its quiet beginnings as a picnic grounds in 1872, to its gradual evolution into an amusement park, the story continues through its dramatic climb in status to become a nationally recognized megapark. The narrative also covers its almost inexplicable and rapid decline, leading to its 2007 demise. Copiously illustrated with 150 black-and-white photos and 49 more in full color, the 112-page volume illuminates the changing strategies that different owners brought to the park and captures the many changes that regularly transformed the midway. For those who made Geauga Lake Park an integral part of their summer tradition, the book is sure to rekindle fond memories.

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A Higbee History:

From Designer Labels to Casino Tables

By Richard E. Karberg, Jay Miller, James A. Toman

From its 1860 founding as a modest dry goods emporium to its heyday as Cleveland’s premier department store, The Higbee Company became indelibly embedded in Cleveland consciousness. Decades of intriguing promotions, sparkling events in the store’s 10th floor community spaces, and distinctive dining in The Silver Grille made the Higbee experience memorable. That same classic Higbee energy is still alive, but today it’s centered on the beautiful Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, the building’s newest tenant. For almost a century Clevelanders have been drawn to the Higbee building, which has been a fixture in the heart of a great city. Relive the memories of years past, and learn about a key piece of downtown Cleveland’s newest renaissance. A Higbee History tells the entire story.

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Favorite Recipes from Higbee's Silver Grille

By Judith Karberg and Jane Hazen

Back in print! Originally included in two books and out of print since 2004, and after many requests for reprints, these recipes from Higbee’s fabled restaurant are available once again. This compact cookbook features selections of entrees, soups and side dishes, salads and dressings, breads and muffins, cakes and frostings, and pies from one of Cleveland’s most famous restaurants. Enjoy some Welsh rarebit and chicken a la king while remembering heartwarming memories of a time gone by in Cleveland.

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Cleveland's Short Vincent:

The Theatrical Grill and its Notorious Neighbors

By Alan F. Dutka

While police raided Short Vincent's seedy bars, celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, and Judy Garland gravitated to the legendary Theatrical Grill for dinner or drinks. Perry Como and Dean Martin launched their careers there. Resident bookies, career gangsters, and wide-eyed tourists roamed the infamous street, once the center of Cleveland's bawdy behavior and edgy entertainment. Author Alan Dutka's nostalgic tour and pictorial history of this celebrated Cleveland hotspot paints a vivid portrait of the city most notorious neighborhood and its colorful denizens.

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Vintage Cleveland II:

More Photographs of Yesteryear

By James A. Toman, Gregory G. Deegan, Daniel J. Cook

Vintage Cleveland II makes a return visit to historic Cleveland. Its 120 photos review an ever-changing downtown, the twists and turns of the Cuyahoga River, and the bridges which bind the city together. It explores the city's former grand hotels and favorite restaurants, its vanished movie theatres, and the supermarkets of the past. It flies over the city's airports, and takes a nostalgic look at the Great Lakes Exposition that drew millions to the lakefront in 1936-1937. It is sure to revive fond memories of a fading past.

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The Peter Witt Streetcars of Cleveland

By James A. Toman and James R. Spangler

Cleveland was a dynamic leader in many areas at the start of the 20th Century. One such pacesetting sector was its street railway system whose lines crisscrossed the city. Perhaps its most significant contribution to public transportation came in 1915 with the invention of the Car Rider’s Car, designed by Cleveland Street Railway Commissioner Peter Witt. Witt’s design, to which his name became permanently attached, was widely copied in systems across the United States and abroad as well. Through text and photographs, this book details the seven different series of Peter Witt streetcars that operated in their home city of Cleveland.

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East Fourth Street:

The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street

By Alan F. Dutka

Short in distance but long in memories, East Fourth Street's story has mirrored downtown Cleveland's dynamic rise, decline, and rebirth. Once home to Cleveland's opera house, central markets, and five-and-dime stores, Fourth Street fell into disrepair in the second half of the 20th Century. Yet, the historic alleyway found new life with help of visionary leaders, and now East Fourth Street serves as the center of a chic entertainment and residential district – perhaps the coolest place in Cleveland. Relive the stories and follow the renaissance of an urban Cleveland hotspot.

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Founded in Faith:

Cleveland's Lost Catholic Legacy

By Debra First

This reverent book honors the history of the Diocese of Cleveland’s closed churches. Through both text and photographs, the book illuminates the great faith that built and sustained these churches. It also describes the role these parishes played in the spiritual and cultural life of their local communities. The book constitutes a great keepsake for all who cherish the rich history of the Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

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A Euclid Beach Park Album

By James A. Toman

From the Flying Scooters to the Flying Turns, from the Log Cabin to the Laff in the Dark, and everything in between, the scene of Euclid Beach Park is captured in black and white and color photographs, none of which has been previously published. The book is a heartwarming return visit to the place which holds wonderful memories for so many Clevelanders.

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