My recent exploration into abandoned sites has led me to uncover the living history of Cleveland, Ohio. My city is a rust belt city and the ideal destination for thousands of people in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cleveland’s ports provided avenues for trade and commerce. The rivers provided resources for industry. Cleveland’s railroads connected us to the rest of the country. As the population grew and generations thrived, the city itself was alive. There are stories to tell, there is history to preserve, and there are buildings that hold the memories. I embarked on a journey to uncover some of the ghost stories imprinted in our cities history. As I met with people and dug into the archives I found some gems that live and breathe with us in the modern time. Once I chose the site for the photograph, the recorded history dictated how I reacted to these structures. Layer by layer their history was revealed, embellished, and remembered.