Beasley, Hamilton

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Beasley is the name of a neighbourhood in the Lower City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Beasley neighbourhood is bounded in the north by the Canadian National Railway tracks just north of Barton Street, James Street (west), Main Street (south) and Wellington Street (east).

History[edit]

The Beasley neighbourhood is one of the oldest and one of the first 4 neighbourhoods of Hamilton. The other three being Central, Durand and Corktown.[1] Named after Richard Beasley, (1761-1842), was a soldier, political figure, farmer and businessman in Upper Canada. Richard Beasley was one of Hamilton's first settlers who came to Canada from New York in 1777. Beasley occupied Burlington Heights (now the site of Dundurn and Harvey Parks) in 1790 & was granted land by the Crown in 1799. A local entrepreneur, Beasley's business ventures included fur trading, land acquisition and establishment of a grill mill in Ancaster. He was a member of the legislative assembly of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1804 and was appointed colonel of the 2nd regiment of the York militia in 1809. Financial difficulties forced Beasley to sell lands at Burlington Heights, but it was purchased in 1832 by Sir Allan Napier MacNab who built Dundurn Castle on foundations of Beasley's brick home.[2]

Beasley Park in the neighbourhood is also named after him.[2]

Festivals[edit]

Hamilton was also home to an annual Mustard Festival from 1998 to 2010. Hamilton is home to the largest miller of dry mustard in the world. It was held annually at Ferguson Station, Ferguson Avenue at Hamilton's International Village and was a summertime food & beverage festival that featured some of the top Blues and Jazz acts in the region.

Public transportation[edit]

The Hamilton Street Railway (abbreviated as HSR) operates all public transit vehicles in the city of Hamilton, Ontario.

Below are the HSR Bus Routes found in the Beasley neighbourhood:

  • 1/1A King
  • 2 Barton
  • 3 Cannon
  • 10 Beeline Express (interlined with 55/55A/58)

Attractions[edit]

  • Beasley Park
  • Beasley Park Community Centre
  • Seventy-Seven Night Club
  • The Baltimore House, a music venue and nightclub
  • The Underground, Steel City Music Venue
  • Theatre Aquarius, Dofasco Centre for the Performing Arts, downtown
  • Summertime Mustard Festival at the Ferguson Station (historic site)- defunct Grand Trunk Railway train station.
  • International Village (shopping district)
  • Wellington Park

Historical buildings[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manson, Bill (2003). Footsteps In Time: Exploring Hamilton's heritage neighbourhoods. North Shore Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-896899-22-6. 
  2. ^ a b Bailey, Thomas Melville (1981). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol I, 1791-1875). W.L. Griffin Ltd. 

Local media/ web links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°15′40″N 79°51′40″W / 43.26111°N 79.86111°W / 43.26111; -79.86111