8,000 BC - The last glacier melted
500 AD - The end of the Hopewell Indians, the mound builders.
1700 - Miami Indians move from Michigan into the Maumee Valley
1784 - Richard Butler is appointed Indian Commissioner
1785 - March, John Hindman and friends explore the Great Miami up near where Hamilton was later situated.
1786 - Treaty of Ft. Finney - January 31st - Mouth of the Great Miami
1790 - Gen. Joseph Harmer defeat from Indians
1791 - Fort Hamilton constructed
1794 - Israel Ludlow laid out a town around Fort Hamilton named "Fairfield"
1794 - Israel Ludlow and Johnathon Dayton started the town of Dayton.
1791 - Gen. Arthur St. Clair defeat
1803 - Butler County was established
1805 - Stagecoaches started running from Cincinnati to Hamilton. This continued until 1850
1806 - 18 year old James McBride emigrates to Hamilton
1806 - Joseph Hough opens the first store in Hamilton near Front and Courts Streets (where St. Mary's was).
1808 - 80 Indians camped in lower Rossville for a week while selling their peltries.
1812 - The "Hamilton House", a hotel, opens on the NW corner of 2nd and High.
1817 - Farmers Marker started in Hamilton
1819 - Bridge #1 - Double covered bridge
1827 - The Canal opened in Hamilton
1829 - The Basin was completed
1829 - Hamilton's Protestant leaders bought a lot for a Catholic church (to attract German craftsmen)
1836 - St. Stephen's Church opened
1838 - The Millikin Law Firm opened
1839 - John W. Sohn opened a brewery in the location of the Memorial Building. It operated until 1865.
1846 - William Dean Howells witnessed the last of the Miami Tribe passing through Ohio via canal boats.
1848 - The parishioners of St. Stephens started St. Mary's.
1848 - Beckett Paper Mill started
1851 - Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad completed
1853 - John S. Earhart started building the 17 stone railroad arches.
1854 - Rossville and Hamilton combine
1854 - Eaton and Hamilton (to Chicago) Railway opens
1858 - The Sohngen Malting Co. opened in Hamilton at South C and Franklin Streets.
1861 - Farmers Market moves to Courthouse Square
1863 - Major George W. Rue captures Confederate raider General John Morgan
1864 - Benjamin R. Hanby wrote "Up on the housetop" Christmas Song.
1866 - The covered bridge was swept away in a flood.
1867 - Bridge #2 - Suspension Bridge installed
1872 - Charles K. Carter of "P. T. Barnum's Great Traveling World's Fair" died and was buried at Greenwood.
1875 - The Hamilton horse drawn Street Railway started (aka The Hamilton Street Railway Co.)
1875 - Peter Schwab incorporates the Cincinnati Brewing Company (bought out John Sohn years earlier)
1875 - Hamilton starts a police force
1885 - Estate Stove moves to Hamilton
1889 - Electric streetcars replaced horse drawn rail cars
1890 - Macneale & Urban Co.'s new safe plant on Millville Ave.
1890 - Howells published “A Boys Town”
1891 - Mosler Safe started in Hamilton
1894 - Champion Paper started on B Street.
1893 - Gen. George Custer’s wife visits Hamilton
1895 - Bridge #3 - The Nations longest single span iron trim bridge was installed
1895 - Hamilton gets electric power
1897 - The Interurban started running in Hamilton
1898 - Flood of the Great Miami River
1899 - An automobile made by Hamiltonians Oscar and William Ritchie, is the first ever to drive down High Street.
1903 - The Jefferson Theatre opened on the west side of South Second Street between Court and Ludlow streets
1907 - Flood of the Great Miami River
1909 - The Columbia Carriage Co. produced 25 automobiles in Hamilton
1909 - The Republic Motor Car Company started by GEORGE ADAM RENTSCHLER at 1900 Fairgrove (across from fairgrounds)
1913 - Flood of the Great Miami River
1914 - Bridge #4 - Concrete Bridge was installed
1914 - YMCA was built by Frederick Mueller
1918 - Spanish Flu killed 600,000 Americans
1920 - Ford Plant opens
1920 - The Palace Theatre opens. One of six movie houses in Hamilton.
1920 - 19th Amendment, Women have the right to vote
1928 - The Jefferson Theatre was destroyed in a fire.
1931 - The Paramount Theatre opened.
1933 - City Buses started running
1933 - The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) starts in Hamilton with 1,400 Hamilton men.
1935 - Hamilton Municipal Building opened
1940 - McCloskey publishes “Make Way for Ducklings”
1956 - Hamilton opens two high schools, Garfield and Taft
1958 - The Anglin brothers were arrested on Dayton St. and sent to Alcatraz
1963 - I-75 opened up in Cincinnati
1972 - The School Board started operating its own buses in Hamilton
2008 - Bridge #5 - The current concrete bridge was built