100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Postmarked August 6, 1912

In 1784 southern Ontario, Canada was settled by British emigrants and American colonist who has sided with the British as well as Iroquois who has fought with the British during the American Revolution. The town of Hamilton was founded by George Hamilton shortly after the War of 1812 and became a city in 1846. It grew to be one of Ontario’s most prominent cities. The first commercial telephone service in Canada, the first telephone exchange in the British Empire, and the second telephone exchange in all of North America all were established in the city between 1877–78.

Hamilton Beach was started when a landing for cargo was needed to brings goods from Lake Ontario into the shallow Hamilton harbor. Barges received cargo from this strip of land where a sand bar formed. In 1826 a canal was dug from Lake Ontario to Hamilton starting from Hamilton Beach. By the late 19th century the beach strip had become a popular recreation area with resorts and hotels. A railroad was built to the beach in 1876 and with the advent of the automobile, more people than ever are visiting the area.

The Beach
Hamilton, Ont. Canada

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