WESTVIEW VILLAGE, southwest of Cleveland, was bounded by BEREA on the east, the Cuyahoga County Line on the south, OLMSTED TWP. on the west, and OLMSTED FALLS and Olmsted Twp. on the north. The village occupied 2.45 sq. mi. Originally part of Olmsted Twp., the farming area first became known as Westview in 1850 when the Cleveland, Columbus & Cincinnati Railroad established a stop there. In the 1870s and 1880s a cheese factory, tile works, and sandstone quarries were established offering employment; however, farming predominated, reaching its peak during World War I. As the industries closed down and farming slowly declined, Westview suffered economically until greenhouses were established in the 1920s. When Westview was incorporated as a village in 1927, it was still a rural area of perhaps 335 people; however, it began to urbanize in the 1950s, when its population doubled, from 625 to 1303. In 1955 the assessed valuation of its taxable property was $2,457,690 divided fairly evenly between residential and other classifications. In spite of ceding one-half sq. mi. of territory to Berea, the total assessed value had increased to $3,745,299 by 1962—nearly two-thirds of it residential. With the growing demand for more municipal services, Westview Village and the City of Olmsted Falls merged in 1971.

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