Twenty miles west of downtown Cleveland, in the northeastcorner of Lorain County, Avon Lake hugs five miles of Lake Erieshoreline. Once part of a land called Xeuma by the Erie Indians andlater part of Tract Seven of the Western Reserve, the area was difficultto tame, but forests became ships and swamps turned into fields. By1900, the fields were mostly orchards and vineyards. The arrival ofthe Lake Shore Electric Railway turned the scattered rural townshipinto a summertime resort destination, thus igniting a real estate boom.By World War II , the LSE was no more, but plentiful, affordable, andlocally produced electricity and water made Avon Lake a good placeto make a living and a desirable place to reside. Fruehauf and B.F.Goodrich arrived and stayed, followed by more industry, commerce,suburban settlers, and commuters. Avon Lake became a city in 1960,and today 24,000 residents call it home.