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June 23, 2014

"The fable of the burning river, 45 years later"

False, but a little bit accurate.

The problem with the story of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire is that so much of what we think we know about this story just is not so. 

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rjs

maybe they used a stock photo, but the fire was real enough, and melted a steel rail siding over the river when it occurred...

born & lived in the cleveland area my whole life, i'd been on that river several times...bright greasy orange is the way i recall it, although i'm sure there was water under there someplace...

Mike Mace

Yeah, but it made for a great Randy Newman song "Burn On"

Now the Lord can make you tumble
And the Lord can make you turn
And the Lord can make you overflow
But the Lord can't make you burn

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