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Stories From Hamilton's Mountain

Local history, for most people, is discovering the stories that make their community come to life. We want to share a few of the stories of Hamilton's Mountain. Our purpose is not to provide a history of "the Mountain" but to highlight people and events that have made this place what it is today. So listen to some of the stories and let them deepen your appreciation for this fascinating community in which we live.

New Video by Gary Kaulback

This is not specifically a Hamilton Mountain subject but if you are fascinated by the past this may interest you. Take a look at 1957 as it is represented on the Internet through the medium of television. Click on Kaulback - 1957.

Gary Kaulback's Heritage Video Series is now Complete
Gary Kaulback's valuable video series on Hamilton's heritage began with "On the Mountain", was expanded with "On the Bay" and with "On the Town" this DVD project is now complete. To view scenes from each of these videos and to find out where they may be purchased click on Gary Kaulback's Video Series.

Photos of Concession Street

We still hope to locate more unpublished photos of Concession Street. The ones we are looking for may even be in your family photo album right now. For more details see ...

Natural Gas on Hamilton Mountain

Did you know that there are natural gas wells in our area. In fact, did you know that the first discovery of natural gas in Upper Canada was probably right here in Hamilton? For more details see ...

Introducing Our Hamilton Mountain Website

Our focus is on our Mountain community as it is today - with a conscious awareness of our past and how we got to where we are now. I treasure the hope that this website will become an Internet meeting place for those who love the Mountain - and a place where ideas, insights, and dreams may be shared. We don't want to duplicate or compete with what others are already doing in print and on the Internet, but rather we hope to highlight and encourage their efforts.
    We don't claim any special knowledge or expertise. We simply desire to represent the views of those who love life on Hamilton Mountain. We want to share some of the reasons for our enthusiasm.
     Your comments and suggestions for the future development of will always be welcomed and considered.
          Bob Bernhardt, Webmaster (

A new "Mountain Meeting Place"

The Millionaire Drive Inn, formerly at Upper James and Mohawk.Throughout the unfolding history of the Mountain community there have always been community meeting places. Around 1900 it was perhaps the Mountain View Hotel or maybe Daniel Cotter's Hotel (on the corner of Concession and Upper Wentworth). For many, between 1961 and 1976, it was the Millionaire Drive Inn at Upper James and Mohawk. After that the Mountain Plaza Mall was an unofficial community meeting place. But those places are all gone and present choices are not so obvious. Even the ubiquitous Tim Horton's outlets for which our city is famous are now mostly just a place to drive-through rather than a place to meet. So, for those who love the Mountain, and there are many of you, we thought that we should create a new meeting place here on the Internet. We hope that this site will provoke many nostalgic memories and inspire many conversations. So, pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and linger awhile. We hope that you will find something to enjoy.

Corrections and Clarifications We do value accuracy and desire to correct errors promptly. To bring concerns to our attention please e-mail the webmaster at:

The banner graphic on this page is a view of the escarpment in Hamilton taken from the lower city. Photo credit: Gary Kaulback.