Cleveland, Ohio: The Guardians of Traffic

The Guardians are mythic, towering figures carved into pylons on either end of a Cleveland bridge. Each holds a type of wheeled transportation in its god-like hands. Wide sidewalks allow puny pedestrians to marvel with envy.
Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH
The Guardians are at both ends of the Carnegie Ave./Hwy 10 bridge over the Cuyahoga River. Suggested parking at the West Side Market on the corner of Hwy 10 and W. 25th St., then walk east onto the bridge.
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Guardian of Traffic. The Guardians of Traffic

At both ends of Cleveland's Lorain-Carnegie Bridge (Hope Memorial Bridge) are four larger-than-life statues known to residents as "The Guardians of Traffic." The Guardians each hold a different vehicle in their hands, which is meant to portray the history of ground transport.

The four figures have become iconic to Cleveland and are often depicted in local artworks and retail shops, and are tattooed on the bodies of the Cleveland elite. They are a must-see for anyone interested in visiting an authentic Cleveland staple.

The nearby West Side Market offers free parking, or you can find a meter near downtown's Progressive Field. The Bridge has wide sidewalks that allow for easy walking.

[Bethany Jones, 09/08/2012]

Voted one of the most beautiful bridges of 1932 by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The Guardians -- officially named the Lords of Transportation -- were designed and sculpted by Frank Walker and Henry Hering.

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