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About Silver Lake, Ohio
Past and Present

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Photograph of Silver Lake, courtesy of
Tom Jones, Buckey Photos,
500 Vinginia Kendall Rd,
Peninsula, Oh 44264
Copyrighted image Silver Lake and the Village of Silver Lake is an, interesting and unique village. It is in the city, but still very rural. In 1876, Silver Lake was called Silver Lake Amusement Park. The Village of Silver Lake is located in Summit County, Akron, Ohio. It is bordered by Cuyahoga Falls on the West, Stow on the North and East, and Munroe Falls on the South. It is bordered by State Route 91 on the East, State Route 8 on the West, and State Route 59 on the South.

Geological Location

Silver Lake is found in the glacial terrain of the Appalachian Plateau Province at the longitude of 81 degrees, 27 minutes and altitude of 41 degrees, 9 minutes. Located within the Village of Silver Lake, Summit County, Ohio, the elongated lake's north-northwest/south-southwest's axis runs roughly perpendicular to its drainage basin. A geological study of the lake reveals evidence of the Pleistocene-age, Mississippi-age, Pennsylvania-age glacier drifts. 15 to 60 meters below the lake surface there is a buried valley of bedrock.

The Lake is moderately shallow with a mean depth of 4.2 meters and has two basins. The deeper basin is located near the center of the lake, while the other basin is located 90 meters west of Willisle, a man-made island. The island was built in 1905 as part of Silver Lake Amusement Park.

As home development in the drainage basin grew, the lake began to suffer adverse affects and the Trustees of Silver Lake took steps to assure the quality of the lake. In 1982 a land based compressor was installed to inject air through a single horizontal pipe extending from the north shore to the deepest part of the lake. The artifical aeration created once again a better environment for the flora and fauna of the lake.

Sylvan beauty surrounds the lake in the form of magnificent old oaks, maples, cat tails, rushes and water lilies. Home to leisure and recreational activities for over 100 years, the lake is the nucleus of the peace and beauty of the Village.

Geological Photograph of Silver Lake, courtesy of United State's Geological Survey.

Click to Enlarge Map, Back to About Silver Lake.

Explanatory Information on Crystal and Silver Lake

Crystal and Silver Lakes are located in an ancestral valley of the Cuyahoga River. The ancient Cuyahoga eroded a valley approximately 300 feet deep in the Mississippian-age sandstone’s, siltstones, and shales and Pennsylvanian-age sandstones, shales, coals, and clays of the area.

Repeated glacial advances over the past 500,000 or so years have backfilled the ancestral Cuyahoga valley with over 200 feet of gravel, sand,silt,clay and organic-rich deposits.

These deposits are depicted on the MAP as a stack of units: (SG2) over (L2) over CG 16- over SSh. What is a STACK of Map Units? Stack mapping depicts the vertical sequence of glacial sediments in a given map unit area. For example, the surface sediments of the Crystal and Silver Lakes region are discontinuous patches of sand and gravel [(SSG) parenthesis indicate a patchy distribution of the SG] between 10 and 30 feet (20 feet plus or minus 50%)thick that occurs overlying discontinuous patches of silt (L) likely deposited in lakes which range in thickness from 10 to 30 feet. Both units occur over a complex mixture of clay, silt, sand, and gravel (CG) with and maximum thickness of 160 feet but in most areas less. (minus sign means maximum thickness). We use units like CG in deep buried valleys where data is sparse and it is difficult to subdivide the glacial sediments into specific units. The SSh describes the interbedded sandstone, siltstone, and shales of the Mississippian-age bedrock below the glacial sediments.


Between 360 and 290 million years ago sand, silt, clay, and organic sediment were deposited in warm tropical seas or in deltas building into the sea. Over millions of years, these sediments were buried by younger sediments and slowly lithified into the sandstone, siltstone, shale, clay and coal that forms the bedrock of northeastern Ohio. I n the past 245 million years, erosion has removed the overlying younger sediments and in the past 2 million years cut the ancestral valley of the modern Cuyahoga River. Repeated glacial advances sculpted the valley, deposited sediment in the valley, eroded sediment from the valley, and dammed the ancient rivers and streams flowing in the valley thus creating lakes. The result is a complex sequence of glacial deposits ranging from gravel and sand, to clay-rich glacial tills deposited as a stagnant ice sheet melted, silts deposited the ice dammed lakes, and lake-fill organic sediments. Today we are left with a complex mosaic of glacial sediments modified by soil forming processes resulting the modern topography.

Greg Schumacher, Geologist

How Silver Lake was Named

In 1860, Mrs. Sarah F. Howard, then just a young girl from Cuyahoga Falls, and three other merry young people, two girls and two boys, were attending a Junior Concert, given by the Junior class of Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio, were singing songs on their way home through Stow to Cuyahoga Falls in a horse drawn carriage.

Charmed by the beautiful moon, as the gay party drove down Moore Hill, the lake came into view.

"What bit of Paradise is here?" exclaimed the driver, a total stranger in Stow.

Another answered, "It is the Pond; Stow Lake or Wetmore's Pond", just as you choose to call it".

Thereupon the driver, standing up as he made a prelude speech with the oratory of a law student, said "NEVERMORE" but henceforth and forever, SILVER LAKE, shell it be called and dire penalty fall upon anyone failing to give it this name, we now bless severely".

The delightful ride ended, but not until the christener commanded the young ladies to go and tell the farmer, Mr. Zenes Culver living were our "Old Homestead" was, to hereafter call the lake "SILVER LAKE".

Information obtained from the manuscript entitled An Historical Anthology of Silver Lake by William R. Lodge.

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Contents | Bears | Train | General | Indians/River | About Silver Lake | Dedication | Amusement Park | Photo Gallery | Gallery II | Gallery III | Gallery IV |Airport | Lodge Sr.| Geo. Lodge | W.R. Lodge | J. Stow | Wm Wetmore | Steamboats | W.Island | Slide | Swan | School | Incorporation | S.L.Photos | Beautiful S.L. | Eve. Shadows | Genealogy | R.H.Lodge,Jr Obituary | O.E.Lodge,Obituary | Links | Kinsey Collection | Slide Show | Misc Obits |