Olmsted Falls is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, and a southwestern suburb of Cleveland. The population was 9,024 at the 2010 census. The city’s main business district is located at the corners of Bagley and Columbia Roads, and contains the Grand Pacific Junction, an historic district.
Olmsted Falls is located at 41°22′3″N 81°54′17″W (41.367626, -81.904818). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.12 square miles (10.67 km2), all land.
After the discovery of the New World, the land that became Olmsted Falls was originally part of the French colony of Canada (New France), which was ceded in 1763 to Great Britain and renamed Province of Quebec. In the late 18th century the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.
In 1806, the vast tract of land comprising present-day Olmsted Falls, North Olmsted, and Olmsted Township was purchased for $30,000 by Aaron Olmsted, a wealthy sea captain.While he sold off portions of the land which eventually became known as Kingston, Aaron Olmsted named the new town as Olmsted in honor of his brother Charles, one of the original lands purchasers. The land was part of a vast trek ceded to the State of Connecticut after the Revolutionary War in payment for residents whose properties had been burned during the Revolutionary War. Some of those lands became known as the Firelands part of the western reserve lands of Connecticut.
Olmsted Falls was farmed in 1814 by James Geer who eventually build a home the following year about where the CSX Railroad now crosses State Route 252 (Columbia Road).