While the Connecticut Land Company’s head surveyor of its Western Reserve land mass, Moses Cleaveland founded what would become his namesake city, without Lorenzo Carter, the now-82 square miles of northeast Ohio would be a far cry from what it is.
The literal trailblazer, Carter, kissed his mother goodbye at age 18 and charted his own path, which, in 1797, led him to purchasing two acres of land in the newly established Cleaveland (now without the a). The first permanent resident of the land, Carter, along with his wife Rebecca and sons Alonzo and Henry, survived countless setbacks to develop a cluster of cabins, strong bond with local Native Americans and eventually a trade channel along the Cuyahoga River. From creating the first boat in the area to the only community tavern, Carter was credited with the survival of the settlement, which swelled during his time. Pay homage.