Best Historic Landmark

Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument

The old monument at Public Square has barely changed since it was built in 1894. The white marble inside, like a 19th-century Vietnam wall, is inscribed with the names of more than 10,000 Cuyahoga County men who fought in the Civil War. Display cases with severely yellowed labels hold bullets, a tinful of musket caps, and Confederate money. The sandstone facade is mottled dark with age, but the square-bearded cast-iron figures are shockingly lifelike: dying men clutching their chests, lying on the ground, and falling back against a cannon, and a Union soldier on horseback, about to shoot a rebel in the face.