The Little-Known History Behind Cleveland’s Guardians of Traffic

Jul 29, 2021 106

The mammoth Guardians of Traffic, sculpted with an Art Deco flair on four Berea sandstone pylons, have been overseeing the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, otherwise known as the Hope Memorial Bridge, since 1932.

They’re locally iconic, but this past week the statues were cast in a national spotlight as sports pundits and MLB fans weighed in when Cleveland Indians’ front office renamed the team to the Cleveland Guardians.

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