John D. Rockefeller

Did You Know Cleveland's World Famous Euclid Avenue, Millionaire's Row contained over 300 mansions, about 250 up at any one time? Many were built and torn down, property sold and a new one was built.

If you were truly somebody in Cleveland during this period, 1870 - 1929, you built your mansion on the north side of the street. This would allow you to see Lake Erie from the back of your home.

John D. Rockefeller, Cleveland's wealthiest citizen, was not one to stand on ceremony. Thus, he purchased his home on the south side of Euclid Avenue and East 40th streets for a mere $40,000.00 in 1868. Most homes on Euclid Avenue, just a short time after, were valued at many times over what Jon D. spent.

Some 11 years later, 1879 Rockefeller purchased a mansion next door to him, moved it around the corner so that he now had a country estate of over 2 acres to enjoy.

John D. Rockefeller had in his will that the family home was to be torn down upon his death. The land was then sold and turned into a parking lot and a gas station, not one of Standard Oil's.

John D. Rockefeller, age 74 photo

John D. Rockefeller, Age 74

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