Stockyards Neighborhood Tour


The Stockyards neighborhood is named after the livestock yards located in the area in the earlier part of this century. Owned by the Cleveland Union Stockyards Company, the yards themselves (pens, troughs, brick walkways and bidding areas) comprised over sixty acres of land and in 1920 were the nation's seventh largest livestock yards. The Cleveland Provision Company, the city's leading meat packer, moved to the stockyards in the 1890's with the arrival of mechanical refrigeration.

Location:: Stockyards is west of the Clark-Fulton neighborhood from west 48th street to west 73rd. It is bounded on the north I-90 and the south by Dennison Ave. and Brookside Park. The main commercial street is West 65th and Clark, Storer and Denison provide east-west access. Neighborhood Map.

Dubbed the Hotel de la Hoff', the stockyards grew and prospered until the post-World War II era, when the livestock industry began to move westward and trucking replaced rail transportation.

The yards finally closed in 1968, after having reduced to thirty-five acres. A large part of the area was redeveloped as a shopping center.

In addition there are small stores and shops along Clark and Storer avenues and the neighborhood is very close to larger shopping areas along Lorain Avenue and Clark and West 25th.

Stockyards offers a variety of housing options that include traditional wood frame houses with front porches found throughout the neighborhood.

The market value of homes in the neighborhood is between $20,000 and $39,000. The average sales price of a home in the neighborhood over the past three years was between $30,000 and $49,000. There are many opportunities for first time homebuyers in the neighborhood.

Recently, there have been new housing built that reflects the design and style of existing housing in the neighborhood.

The redevelopment of Gilbert School has provided both opportunities for social service organizations to be located in the neighborhood including a community health facility and apartments in one of the school buildings.

The neighborhood has a community computer center that has been developed by the Stockyards Area Development Association (SADA) and sponsors a computer buying club. SADA is also involved in housing rehabilitation and community development activities.

Stockyards was originally part of Brooklyn Township, absorbed by the City of Cleveland at the turn of the century through annexation. The Irish and the Germans were the first groups of immigrants to live in the area, followed later by Czechs, Slovaks, Poles and Italians. All peoples were drawn to the area because of the industries which had developed along the rail lines that ran through Walworth Run valley, notably the Pilsner Brewing Company and the Cleveland Union Stockyards Company.

Today, Walworth Run south of I-90 is being developed into an industrial park by WIRE-Net a community development organization. The 3.5 acre site has already attracted two new manufacturing businesses.
The construction of I-71 and I-90 separated and isolated the Stockyards from the neighboring Detroit-Shoreway and Old Brooklyn areas. Recently, along with other neighborhoods on the near-west side, the Stockyards has become home to a portion of Cleveland's Hispanic community.

Recreational facilities are available at Clark Recreation Center (5706 Clark), Meyer Pool (West 30th and Meyer) and Gilbert Community Center.


For Information on housing in Stockyards, take the housing tour



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