Italian Immigrants Gave Rise to Cleveland’s Iconic Guardians of Traffic

Nov 29, 2021 454

BY: Pamela Dorazio Dean

Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team completed their last season as the Indians on October 3, 2021. The club is now called the Cleveland Guardians, and the new name pays homage to four, two-sided sculptures known as the “Guardians of Traffic,” which stand prominently on the city’s Hope Memorial Bridge.

Once known as the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, it connects the two major roads over the Cuyahoga River. Discussions to construct a bridge that would prominently connect Cleveland’s East and West sides began as early as 1911, when Cleveland was a rapidly growing city In fact, at that time, Cleveland was the sixth largest city in the nation with a population of more than 560,000 people, many of whom were immigrants.

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