A president is hiding in Goodyear Heights

President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Kermit Avenue isn’t named for a Muppet. Teddy Avenue isn’t a tribute to a stuffed bear — although there is a connection.

An unusual monument to a U.S. president is hiding in plain sight in Goodyear Heights.

Bully for you if you guessed it’s Theodore Roosevelt.

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It might not be obvious at first glance, but there’s a recurring theme in the Akron neighborhood east of Darrow Road and south of Newton Street. Many of the street names pay homage to the 26th president and his family.

Teddy Avenue in Goodyear Heights is a tribute to the 26th president of the United States.

Real estate agent Frank McDonald announced plans in 1920 to develop a residential allotment on the eastern outskirts of Akron in what was then Tallmadge Township. He partnered with John T. Miller, owner of Buckeye Plumbing & Heating Co., and Dr. Frank W. Ganyard, a dentist, to build Roosevelt Heights as a lasting tribute to the former U.S. president, New York governor and Rough Rider who died in 1919 at age 60.

“You can find no more attractive spot in Akron,” the ads promised.

“This development is so desirable that lots will actually sell themselves.”

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