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Hamilton, Ohio

Hamilton, located on the banks of the Great Miami River, was founded in 1792 as a fort in a war against the Indians; it was named after Alexander Hamilton a prominent politician of his time. The city is located among the rolling hills of southwest Ohio in beautiful country with good soil, temperate climate, and well watered with streams and rivers. The Indians lived in the Ohio Valley for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the white man and didn't give it up without a fight. On Aug. 20, 1794, Gen. Mad Anthony Wayne and his legion of the United States met and defeated the confederated tribes led by Blue Jacket of the Shawnee and Michikinikwa at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in northwest Ohio. .

It is unfair not to acknowledge the importance of the American Indian to this area.They taught the white man their accumulated knowledge which included the use of every plant that had nutritive or medicinal value. They contributed to our lives in hundreds of ways from the food we eat to how we think. Their ghosts are felt in the abundance of beautiful place names of rivers, streams, mountains, and towns, such as the Miami, Ohio, Cuyahoga, Maumee, Chillicothe, Piqua, Wapakoneta, Wyandot, just to name a few. They also contributed to the world's language; the most widely understood word on earth is "O.K", derived from an American Indian word.

Probably the most prominent man from Hamilton was William Dean Howells who wrote "A Boys Town", about his youth in Hamilton, Ohio. This book has been called the second best American book about youth only being surpassed by Mark Twain’s,"Huckleberry Finn".
The least known "famous" guy from Hamilton was Capt. John Cleves Symms who believed that the earth was hollow and that it was habitable on the inside. He believed that the North Pole had a hole. And, this hole, if entered, would lead to the interior of the earth which was a garden like Shangri-La. He convinced the Congress of the United States of America to fund an expedition to the North Hole, and there is a statue in the park on South Third Street, Hamilton, Ohio to commemorate this man.

Day Trips

Hamilton is centrally located for making many interesting day trips. To list just a few:

1. The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Ky. 2 hours south; the preeminent Museum of the Horse in the beautiful bluegrass country, near Lexington, Ky.

2. The Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, Dayton Ohio, where the airplane was invented, one hour north by car.

3. Wright Patterson Air Museum, Dayton, Ohio. the preeminent air museum in the world which has innumerable air planes on display. One hour north by car.

4. Clifton Gorge, near Clifton, about 80 minutes north of Hamilton. Clifton Gorge is a geologic anomaly unlike any other spot in Ohio. It is favored by artists, photographers, as well as picnickers, hikers, and rock climbers.

5. “Blue Jacket”, near Xenia, Ohio, an outdoor drama, only performed in the summer months. This outdoor drama depicts the struggle between the white man and the Indians from the Indians perspective. Not to be missed. About eighty minutes north by car.

6. The Cincinnati Summer Opera, Cincinnati, Ohio, only in the summer months; one hour south by car.

7. Columbus, Indiana, about eighty minutes northwest, the sixth most important city in the U.S.A for Architecture. In importance they list: 1.New York 2.Wahingon, D.C., 3 Chicago, 4. Boston 5. San Francisco 6. Columbus, Indiana. The public buildings in Columbus, Indiana, have been designed by the most famous architects in the world. Go to the Visitors Center for a tour.

8. The Dayton Air Show, Dayton, Ohio. An annual event in the summer. One of the best air shows in the world located in the home town of the Wright Brothers.

9. Cincinnati Reds baseball games. Cincinnati, Ohio. One hour south. The oldest baseball team in the U.S.A.

10. The tallest Indian mound in Ohio is in Mound Park, about 40 minutes north in Miamisburg, Ohio.

11. Fort Ancient, giant earth works of prehistoric Indians in Ohio is located at Fort Ancient Park. About an hour north by car, Fort Ancient is seven miles southeast of Lebanon, in Warren County, on State Route 350. The Museum at Fort Ancient contains 9000 sq. ft. of exhibits, including many interactive units, focusing on 15,000 years of American Indian history in the Ohio Valley.

12. Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, about one hour south by car.

13. Morgan Canoe Livery, Brookville, Ohio for canoeing on the White Water River, about one hour west by car.

14. Columbus, Ohio, the State Capital, is two hours north by car. The Ohio State Fair is held annually.

15. Cincinnati, Ohio, is 22 miles south by car. Both Columbus and Cincinnati have cultural activities of museums, theater, Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and fine restaurants.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Centrally located
  • Cons:none
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful country.
  • Last visit to Hamilton: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Nov 20, 2005
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