Hamilton is a sports city. We have our Tiger Cats and every other conceivable sport. Many famous athletes have come from the Hamilton area and our team spirit is well known and documented.
Hamilton has been through many changes politically over the years. From its earliest incarnation as a Police Village, through incorporation as a city to the recent amalgamation, there have always been political issues and stories of note.
The earliest settlers in Hamilton were United Empire Loyalists who were displaced during the American Revolution. Waves of other immigrants have arrived over the years, creating an exciting and diverse community.
With Hamilton's proximity to the border, military concerns have long been important. British troops were stationed here as early as the 1830's and one of our earliest regiments, the 13th Battalion is still here as the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. The Battle of Stoney Creek took place in the...
Hamilton is surrounded by a multitude of natural wonders. The escarpment divides the city in the south and the Hamilton Harbour is at our northern boundary. Cootes' Paradise, a natural wonder is part of the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens which has been part of Hamilton's landscape since the...
Central Public School became the first common school opened in Ontario when it opened in May of 1853. Since that time education has been at the forefront of progress in Hamilton.
The earliest murder documented in the Hamilton area was in 1801 and the murderess became the first woman ever hanged in Ontario. Since then our criminals have kept the local newspapers and authors very busy.
Hamilton has long been associated with business and industry. From the earliest days of the railways there has been an active trade going into and out of the harbour. The steel industry arrived at the turn of the 20th century and other commerce followed.
Art, music, theatre and all of the other cultural activities of any big city are alive and thriving in Hamilton.
This site gives the history of 50 of Hamilton's parks.
This site gives the history of many landmarks in the City of Hamilton.
This site gives an overview of the buildings that surround Gore Park in downtown Hamilton with photographs and historical information.
This site gives an overview of Hamilton's industrial history as well as histories of specific industries, past and present. It also includes histories of the railways and street railways in Hamilton.
The Hamilton Gallery of Distinction permanently recognizes outstanding Hamilton citizens who have made significant contributions to the community. The library's web site records all inductees since the Gallery was established in 1984. Inductees include Daniel Lanois, Gary Lautens, the Honourable...
The PreVIEW database contains over 9,000 items from the Hamilton Public Library's Local History & Archives Department. Ten fascinating collections are included that depict the history of Hamilton and the surrounding areas from as far back as the mid-1800s.