DescriptionFounded as Fort Hamilton in 1791, Hamilton became a prosperous industrial community due to immigrant labor and canals. In the late 1820s a wharf basin was dug, linking the town to the Miami and Erie Canal. At the same time an influx of German and Irish immigrants provided the labor for new enterprises.
Heavy industry expanded when Hamilton Hydraulic was completed in 1852. In addition to industry, the Hamilton region enjoys the agricultural yields of the fertile Great Miami River Valley. Hamilton's historic houses and commercial buildings, which show a variety of architectural styles, are concentrated in three districts: Rossville, Dayton Lane and German Village.
On Monument Avenue, the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument is topped by a 17-foot brass figure of a Civil War private. The monument contains a library with the names of all Ohioans who served in the Civil War and World War I as well as exhibits containing military weapons, uniforms and medals; phone (513) 867-5823.
In mid- or late January, IceFest brings in ice sculptors from around the world for this exciting competition held downtown.
Visitor InfoHamilton Welcome Center 1 High St HAMILTON, OH 45011. Phone:(513)844-8080
Self-guiding toursBrochures describing walking tours of three historic districts are available from the welcome center.
Things to SeeButler County Historical Society