Hope Memorial Bridge
Hope Memorial Bridge
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL17,681 contributions
Jun 2022
There are some of the best views of Cleveland from this bridge which is why so many love to walk it. However, I would not have even known about this bridge except planning this trip I was surprised the baseball team was no longer the Indians. I could not understand why they chose Guardians until I saw this bridge. The bridge which lands at the foot of Progressive (Jacobs) Field, is guarded by 4 Art Deco statues which are the Guardians of transportation, each holding a different form of transportation. The Guardians are impressive when you are driving but especially when you walk under them. It is a really cool bridge.

Bonus of the bridge is you get to see the Cuyahoga River in a really sharp bend which I am told is where the river caught fire. Great views and great pictures.
Written July 16, 2022
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Bill K
Cleveland, OH306 contributions
Jul 2021
The bridge has a great pedestrian walkway with views of the city. The Guardians are phenomenal works of art and need to be seen in person. Park at Westside Market and walk across. Also visit Westside Market.
Written July 25, 2021
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James A
Windsor, Canada18,597 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
The Hope Memorial Bridge was built in the 1930's and is formerly known as the Lorain–Carnegie Bridge. The bridge was remained after a local politician that was Bob Hope's dad... pretty cool. It's a 6000 foot-ish long art deco truss bridge and the stone statues are they're are worth a look and photo as long as you're not driving. The pairs of statues designed by sculptor Henry Hering and architect Frank Walker (titled the "Guardians of Traffic"). Details of the bridge are compliments of Wikipedia. It's awesome so check it out.
Written January 3, 2015
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bettyboopjim
Anaheim, CA11 contributions
Aug 2019
Since living in Cleveland, I always wanted to see the "Guardians" up close. Back then they were so black from the steel mills below that most residence did not even notice that they were there. 39 years after moving to California, I put it on my list of place to visit on vacation. Parked on W.10th St on the North West side of the bridge for free. There is a grassy area here where you can have a picnic after your 2+ mile walk.
Most people think that the Hope Memorial Bridge is named in honor of Bob Hope who was a Cleveland resident. But no, It was named after his father William Henry "Harry" Hope, a local stonemason who helped build the "Guardians of Traffic" sculptures.
The panoramic views of the downtown area and Flats are spectacular as are the close-up views of the 8 "Guardians of Traffic" that are built on to the bridge deck. It's hard to believe that county engineer Albert S. Porter threatened to remove the historic pylons to widen the span, stating, "Those columns are monstrosities and should be torn down and forgotten. There is nothing particularly historic about any one of them. We're not running a May Show here."
I remember when there were steel mills in the now vacant spaces you can see when looking over the edge. Look at all the terrific places you now will want to see up close as you walk the bridge. When you get to Progressive Field at the East end of the bridge, cross the street and take a tour of the Western Reserve Fire Museum, then continue your walk back across the bridge on the South side to see some of the industrial sections of the Flats and the rest of the "Guardians". The walkway is not as wide or protected on this side, so be careful when trying to capture the "right shot". Take note how the coal in the truck is painted black.
After walking the bridge you could visit another landmark, the West Side Market. Mostly this is the same as in the '70's when I would shop there. The whole area around the market has changed into a trendy bar restaurant area in which I have no interest, but others must. You can spend the whole day in just this area of Cleveland.
Written August 27, 2019
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scullysi0ux
Meadville, PA31 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We crossed this bridge by foot to get from the West Side Market to downtown completely unaware that these huge, awesome Art Deco statues adorned each end of the bridge. What a fun surprise for our walk, which was about a mile and ended at Progressive Field. Great place for a walk as it is protected from traffic by a barrier.
Written August 11, 2018
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Nora441
Euclid, OH142 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
What a terrific bridge to cross and view Cuyahoga River, the east and west Flats, the beautiful Terminal Tower, downtown Cleveland, the West Side Market, and so much more. The art deco statues on both ends representing transportation are gorgeous and amazing. I love Cleveland.
Written December 21, 2017
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Alice256837
270 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
I would highly recommend a walk on this bridge around sunset (though it is enjoyable any time)! It is home to 8 Mercury-looking "Guardians of Transportation" (2 on each of the 4 towers) who hold different forms of transportation in their hands. The bridge has great sidewalks that allow safe crossing. I would highly recommend going around sunset.

We walked from Great Lakes Brewing (I'd highly recommend this!) to the Stadium and this allowed us to get a wonderful city view.
Written December 5, 2017
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Bernardo F
New York City, NY15,771 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
I'm still not sure that people go to places like bridges for sightseeing, but this one has some nice statues. It's a main bridge coming from the south of the city with great views of downtown.
Written October 14, 2015
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John T
Cleveland, OH198 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
The "Hope" in this bridges name stands for Bob Hope the famous comedian who dedicated a lot of time to entertaining the troops for many decades. Mr. Hope grew up in Cleveland.
Written October 5, 2015
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davechardon
Painesville, OH688 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
This bridge has stayed so beautiful since it was restored several years ago. The view of the Cleveland skyline is perfect. The bridges over the river down below with their pastel lighting are a great backdrop to the rest of the scene.
Written September 22, 2015
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