Hagersville, Ontario

Hagersville, Ontario

Hagersville, Ontario

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Hagersville is a community in Haldimand County, Ontario which gained international notoriety in 1990 for a gigantic uncontrolled tire fire which spewed toxic smoke for seventeen days. The fire itself actually occurred in Townsend, a neighbouring community, but media labelled it as Hagersville due to Townsend's relatively unknown status in the area.

Hagersville is the birthplace of Canadian drummer Neil Peart, of Rush fame.

Hagersville is home to the Hagersville Hawks, a junior hockey team that plays in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Hagersville is also the birthplace of Becky Kellar, who is a 3 time Olympian with 2 gold medals and 1 silver in Women's Hockey.

History

Upon the construction of Higwhay 6, known formerly as the Plank Road, a small village popped up around 1855 when Charles and David Hager bought most of the land in the center of the area. David Almas owned the land on the east side of the road, while John Porter owned the land in the west end.

The building of the Canada Southern Railroad in 1870, and of the Hamilton and Lake Erie Railway three years later helped to make Hagersville a prosperous village in 1879.

Close by the rail crossing was The Junction Hotel later becoming The Lawson Hotel after a change in ownership. It was known as the Hagersville Inn, but has recently been bought again. Perhaps it was best known as Murph's Place when Ron Murphy, retired NHL player took ownership. Today it is known as The Old Lawson...
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