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History of Cambridge ON

Cambridge ON is a fast growing city situated within the supposedly affluent Southern Ontario region. The city is built around Speed and Grand Rivers’ meeting point and lies within the jurisdiction of the Waterloo Regional Municipality. As of 2016, Cambridge had a population of 200 people shy of 130,000 inhabitants. Cambridge is a product of the 1973 amalgamation of smaller cities and the annexation of the Blair settlement and smaller portions of the neighboring townships.

The history of Cambridge is technically the history of the three major towns that merged to form the city; Galt was the largest and probably the most developed of the three and currently covers the entire southern half of near Cambridge; What was previously Preston and Blair occupies the city’s  western side; Hespeler, on the other hand, lies on  northeastern most part of the city. It is said that the three communities had some sort of antagonistic relationship among themselves and the provincial government’s decision to merge the three was met by fierce resistance from the locals.

 History of Galt City

Developers started buying land in the area around the Grand River in the 1700s and part of the area that was later to become Galt was bought by a wealthy Scottish immigrant by the name William Dickson in 1816. A few years later, he started subdividing the 90,000 acres into smaller lots and selling them other immigrants from his motherland. This area grew to become a planned community and a fast-growing town thereafter. It was an economic powerhouse with numerous industries and mills powered by the Grand River.

History of Preston City

Preston started out as a settlement belonging to Mennonites who came all the way from Pennsylvania. The Mennonites acquired the land in the early 1800’s from the native inhabitants and established a town-like community with numerous hotels and taverns. Many people came to the area to bathe in the sulphur spring that was found in the area was deemed to have healing abilities due to its high mineral content. Later, Preston began its industrialization phase along the Speed River and became home to several manufacturing industries. It is worth noting that there were plans to amalgamate Preston and Galt from back in the mid-1890s but the plans never materialized.

Since the amalgamation, Cambridge has undergone major developments in infrastructure and the open spaces that once separated the three cities are now filled in. Additionally, a new commercial district which is not affiliated to any of the previous cities has emerged in between the areas that were occupied by the former cities.