Author Alan Dutka recently gave us a tour of Cleveland’s most famous and glamorous avenue, Millionaires’ Row; but he specifically took us through its unsavory underbelly.
Dutka talked about wealthy industrialists, their million-dollar divorces, what they did when the money disappeared, and one young lady who tried to scam the estate of Andrew Carnegie.
There are more stories in his newest book, Misfortune on Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row.
“When I started the idea of a book on Millionaires’ Row, my intention was not to write about some of the naughtiness,” he said. “But when I started the research, I found one interesting story after another associated with some of the naughty things that were going on.”
Dutka has written several books about Cleveland’s history, including Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires’ Row (which he wrote with Cleveland storyteller Dan Ruminski) and East Fourth Street: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street. You can borrow both or either books from Mentor Public Library.