1961, Hamilton history, historical research

1961 Hamilton

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Author: Gary Evans


When the calendar flipped from 1961 to 1962, residents of Hamilton could look back at what turned out to be another rather fascinating year in the city’s history.

News, on a regular basis, centred on such stories as the need for a zoo in hamilton, the idea of putting in a bid to host the Grey Cup game, even the concept of tearing down Battery Lodge.
But perhaps the biggest story of the year centred on politics.  Hamilton, and its neighbour across the bay, Burlington, were at odds over several matters, all of which left a sour note in neighbourly relations.
Another war of sorts was brewing, the Cold War, with the city making preparations in case of a nuclear attack, with bomb shelters under discussion, and air raid sirens popping up throughout the city.
It was a busy year, a fascinating year, a year chock full of riveting news stories and as has been the case ever since 1846, the Hamilton Spectator's team of reporters and photographers were there to capture the year in stories and in photographs, all of which makes 1961 Hamilton such a fascinating snapshot in time.


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Paperback - 152 pages

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