HAMILTON which is the largest town in Caldwell County was founded in 1859 along
the route of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad. It was founded by Albert
Gallatin Davis and named for Alexander Hamilton and Joseph Hamilton.
Signs of the
Victorian town are visible yet today. Hamilton's business community offers a
variety of retail and service businesses, as well as antique shops and malls.
Many services and activities make this small town attractive to its residents and
visitors. They include a AAA rated school system, the Hamilton Public
Library, Hamilton Community Arts Theater, a new swimming pool, 9-hole golf
course, several churches, medical clinics and two major festivals held each year.
Hamilton has the distinction of being the birthplace and boyhood home of James
Cash Penney (J.C. Penney) who was born September 16, 1875. He established a chain
of department stores across the nation and used the old fashioned values he
learned in Hamilton as a foundation for his business and personal life. He always
maintained a close relationship with his hometown. Penney donated funds to help
build the first library, the shoe factory, the high school, Highland Cemetery and
the American Legion Park. Today Hamilton has a beautiful museum that houses a
public library and a well-used community room, as well as his boyhood home.
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