| FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT HAMILTON AND
(Courtesy, Hamilton Public Library, Special Collections Department)
Did you know that:
- Hamilton has an area of 54.38 square miles
or 38,055.04 acres, of which 5,641.98 acres are water?
- The phrase “Golden Horseshoe” was first used
by Westinghouse President, Herbert H. Rogge, in a speech
to the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce on 12 January 1954?
“Hamilton in 50 years will be the forward cleat in
a ‘golden horseshoe’ of industrial development
from Oshawa to the Niagara River.
- Hamilton was incorporated as a police village in 1833
and as a city in 1846?
- The city’s motto is “Commerce, Prudence,
- At various stages in its history, Hamilton has been known
as the “Birmingham of Canada”, “The Pittsburgh
of Canada”, and “The Electric City”?
- Hamilton is twinned with nine other cities? (Shawinigan,
Quebec; Mangalore, India; Fukuyama, Japan; Racalmuto, Italy;
Flint, Michigan; Ma’Anshan, China; Abruzzo, Italy;
Sarasota, Florida; Monterrey, Mexico)
- Hamilton’s civic flower is yellow chrysanthemum?
- The Royal Botanical Gardens encompass 2,700 acres of
gardens and woodlands?
- The mean depth of Hamilton Harbour is 13 metres; the
maximum depth is 25 metres?
- In 1912 the Hamilton Harbour Commissioners were formed
by an Act of Parliament to take over administration of the
harbour from the City?
- The first canal was dug through the Beach Strip in 1823?
- Burlington Heights was a major defensive strongpoint
for British and Canadian forces during the War of 1812?
- King Street, York Street, John Street and Mohawk Road
were once Indian trails?
- Established in April 1903, the Hamilton Automobile Club
was the first such club in Canada?
- The first automobile race in Hamilton occurred on 8 August
- The Skyway Drive-In, Canada’s first drive-in, opened
on 10 July 1946 at Highway 8 near Gray’s Road in Stoney
- Hamilton once had two incline railways which moved people
up and down the escarpment? (The Wentworth Street Incline
and the James Street Incline)
- The Burlington Bay Skyway Bridge was opened on 30 October
1958 as a toll bridge? Toll charges were abolished as of
28 December 1973
- Hamilton has one doughnut shop for every 5,721 residents?
- The first public bowling alley in Hamilton opened in
1890 at the rear of the J.W. MacDonald Tobacco Shop at 66
James Street North?
- Hamilton was host of the first British Empire (Commonwealth)
Games in 1930?
- Three Lieutenant-Governors of Ontario have called Hamilton
their home? (Sir John Morison Gibson, 1908-1914; Sir John
Strathearn Hendrie, 1914-1919; Lincoln Alexander, 1985-
- Canada’s first woman cabinet minister, Ellen Fairclough,
is from Hamilton?
- Quinto Martini of Hamilton was the first Italian Canadian
elected to Parliament?
- Six Canadian stamps have been issued which directly relate
to Hamilton? (United Empire Loyalist Statue stamp; Hamilton
and the Scourge stamp; the Royal Botanical Gardens stamp;
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless stamp; Hamilton Sesquicentennial
stamp and Ellen Louks Fairclough stamp).