In many of the documents, especially land records, you may come across reference to the Scriba Land Patent. This refers to the 500,000 acres of land acquired by George Scriba in the late 1700s. It is difficult to imagine a single individual owning such a vast amount of land today.
Public domain documents often allow us to better visualize a community’s history. We’ve chosen two such documents as the basis from which we hope to paint a picture of Cleveland in the 1890s. The first document is a beautiful artistic map of 1890 Cleveland. The map is free of charge