Central Library - York Blvd Dropbox Temporarily Closed
The York Boulevard drop box at Central Library is temporarily closed today, Monday June 27. Both the Jackson Square Lobby entrance and 1st Floor drop boxes remain open for library material returns. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Monday, June 27, 2022 - 11:30am
Terryberry and Westdale Branches
Renovations at both the Terryberry and Westdale Branches are wrapping up. Both locations are expected to reopen in mid-July. Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates. Thank you for your patience.
One of the earliest documented snow storms in Hamilton took place in February 1845 when it snowed continuously for three days. The overland four horse stage coach to Toronto took two days to complete the trip from Hamilton. Possibly the worst snow storm ever to hit the Hamilton area, however, took place just over 100 years ago. On December 4, 1898 the snow began to fall. It continued to fall all night leaving a heavy coating of snow on everything. Then, on Sunday at noon, the temperature plummeted and strong winds picked up. Telephone and hydro poles began snapping off and live wires crackled across James Street North for over an hour before the power could be turned off. Large tree branches fell, in some cases just barely missing pedestrians. There were no outside telephone or telegraph connections and the city was without electricity for nearly thirty-six hours. No trains could get in or out of the city and the streetcars were at a complete standstill.
Following are some views of Hamilton after the great storm of '98!
A view of James Street South at Gore Park
St. Thomas' Church, Main Street East
Hunter Street West showing the east end of the Hunter Street Tunnel of the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway
Looking west on King Street East from Wellington Street