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Grand View

Grand View, or Grandview, is a residential area on Hamilton's West Side started in the 1890s by Peter Thomson, founder of the nearby Champion paper mill in 1893 (see Champion entry). Grand View was adjacent to Prospect Hill, a subdivision also developed by Thomson. Grand View extended east from Eaton Avenue and North E Street almost to North D Street. It is bounded on the south by Gray Avenue and on the north by Haldimand Avenue, and includes the present streets of Cereal, Webster, Gordon, Sherman, Progress, Cleveland, Prytania, North E and North F. Prospect Hill is on the high ground west of the paper mill, extending west to North F Street and north of Liberty Street. It includes the present streets of Rhea, Elvin, Warwick, Cleveland, Ridgelawn and Prytania. 

"Hamilton has plenty of room for factories, but it has only one desirable location for home and that is Prospect Hill," boasted a Thomson newspaper advertisement in May 1893. "The completion of the Black Street Bridge will make this property doubly accessible," said Thomson, who maintained his real estate office at 224 High Street. Before development, the wooded highland was a popular spot for Sunday school picnics and similar outings. (Also see College Hill, Prospect Hill and Rheadon.)


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