Where's Dover the Bicentennial Bear?
Hey kids (of all ages), meet "Dover," the Westlake Historical Society's wandering Bicentennial Bear. He's been known to leave his Clague House Museum home and visit all sorts of fun and historical places throughout the city. Every month, Dover will visit a different location in Westlake and report back to us on what he finds!
This month, Dover visited the City Hall of Westlake. Dover learned that Westlake actually began on November 14, 1811, and was called Dover Township at that time. On March 15, 1911, we became incorporated as Dover Village. The name changed to Westlake Village on August 21, 1940, and was later incorporated as the City of Westlake on December 18, 1957. The name change came about as a result of all the confusion with the other Dover, Ohio, located further south.
Dover the Bicentennial Bear figured out that on November 14, 2011, Westlake will celebrate its Bicentennial, or 200th birthday. Check next month in the Observer to see where Dover visits next!