Introduction to Lorain, Ohio
Lorain, Ohio, in Lorain county, is 25 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. The city is situated in northeastern Ohio, along Lake Erie at the mouth of the Black River. It's part of the Cleveland-Elyria metropolitan area. The Lorain Works steel mills employ thousands of people and the harbor also provides numerous jobs. The municipality has a diverse population. The city was named for a French province.
The city was established in 1807. It was originally known as Charleston. The arrival of the railroad was the stimulus for the construction of the local steel mills. The numerous steel mills in the city have been in operation since 1895. A portion of them are still in operation. People moved to Lorain from various regions of the country in order to work in the steel mills and at the flourishing shipyards. In 1924 a powerful tornado damaged a large portion of the city and killed numerous people.
- Lorain International Festival is a notable event.
- Lorain Palace is a restored gothic theatre which offers dramas, movies, music and other forms of entertainment.
- The Harrison Cultural Community Center offers information on African American Heritage.
- Stocker Arts Center
- Lorain Lighthouse
- Lorain Underground Railroad Station 100 Monument
- Harrison Cultural Community Center
The city includes a vast number of parks for outdoor activities. The paths at Longfellow, Oakwood and Central parks are popular for walking and bicycle riding. Century Beach attracts residents and visitors. Lorain Harbor is enjoyed by bird watching enthusiasts. The Lake Erie area is popular for outdoor recreation and includes several scenic beaches. Kayakers enjoy the Black River and Lake Erie. The picturesque Lakeview hosts several triathlons and marathons. Residents enjoy the activities and professional sports teams located in nearby Cleveland.
Lorain County Transit provides services.