>The city and river are a lot nicer than the reputation they got from the fire.
The Cuyahoga actually caught fire on multiple occasions.
"As Cleveland emerged as a major manufacturing center, the river became heavily affected by industrial pollution, so much so that it "caught fire" at least 13 times, most famously on June 22, 1969, helping to spur the American environmental movement."
And it was the thirteenth fire that finally made us think, hey, water's not supposed to burn, maybe we should do something about this?
And now the only Burning River we have is the Pale Ale brewed by Great Lakes Brewing.