General Moses Cleaveland founded the city in 1796. The name changed to its current spelling in 1831 when the “a” was dropped in order to fit the city’s name on a newspaper masthead. Originally a frontier village, Cleveland grew into a manufacturing and business center for Northern Ohio. Today, the city is headquarters for manufacturing and service industries, as well as a growing tourism and convention destination.
University Circle's History
While the district took its name in the late 18th century from the trolley turnaround between campus and downtown, today the RTA’s HealthLine bullets passengers between University Circle and Cleveland’s Public Square in 20 minutes. The city is easy to navigate and offers plenty to explore. An extended history of University Circle is available online.