Introduction to Hamilton, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler county, is 17 miles N of Cincinnati, Ohio. The municipality is situated in southwestern Ohio. The city is recognized for its support of the arts and features a a wide variety of sculpture in the downtown area. It was labeled "The City of Sculpture" by an Ohio governor. Hamilton includes high-tech manufacturing facilities.
In 1794 the area was known as Fairfield. Later, an army post was established named Fort Hamilton. It was incorporated as Hamilton in 1810 but lost its status in 1815 due to not holding elections. The community was reincorporated in 1827 and became a city in 1857. In the early days the city attracted a large number of German immigrants and their influence was noticeable in culture, food and architecture. Manufacturing, the paper industry and iron works, were flourishing during the early and mid-20th century.
Hamilton was severely damaged during the Great Dayton Flood of 1913. In the 1920's numerous gangsters from Chicago also had second homes in the municipality which caused Hamilton to be known as "Little Chicago." During World War II the city included numerous gambling and prostitution establishments which caused the military to declare that military personnel were not allowed to enter the city. During World War II supplies for the war were manufactured in the town.
- The Butler County Courthouse features impressive architecture and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- The city includes numerous Victorian homes.
- Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra.
- Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum.
- Great Miami River Days includes drag boat races, water ski shows and various rides and games.
- Hamilton Ohio Scale Auto Raceway.
- Tri-State Dragway.
- Butler County Museum is an Italianate-style residence.
- The Hamilton Historic District Walking Tour features three notable historic districts.
- Heritage Hall.
- Lane Hooven House is an attractive Victorian Gothic home.
- Monument Cabin is an historic structure.
- Butler County Soldiers, Sailors & Pioneers Monument.
- Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
- Hamilton Summer Park Concert Series.
The residents enjoy the beautiful parks for outdoor activities. Some of the parks are situated in dense forests and other wooded settings. Crawford Woods, Sanders Park, Miami Woods, Joyce Park and Milkin Woods include scenic walking paths. The paved paths along the banks of the scenic Great Miami River are popular for walking and bicycle riding. The local ice rink is popular for hockey and skating.
Golf enthusiasts play at the numerous quality courses in the area. Residents enjoy the activities and professional sports events located in nearby Cincinnati. The nearby Kings Island amusement and recreational center and the Beach Waterpark are enjoyed by families. The Campbell Gard situated on the Great Miami River features rolling meadows and a scenic forest area.
Hamilton Higher Education
The city is home to Miami University Hamilton.