I donâ€™t think anyone would disagree when I say that Westlake Ohio, and gang violence are hardly synonymous terms. This idyllic city has as safe a feel to it as any Iâ€™ve been too. And for most of its 199 year history this has been perfectly true. But if you were around town in the 1950s, youâ€™d know that Westlake was not devoid of what historian William M.
For most of us today, the most exposure we get to the "wilderness" is spotting a deer or raccoon in the back yard from time to time. But there was a time when this whole area was a vast wilderness covered in thick forest. And in this wilderness were wild animals; animals that were not used to human beings traipsing around in their territory.