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Here Stood Hamilton

 
 
Here Stood Hamilton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
1. Here Stood Hamilton Marker
The marker was unveiled on the evening of April 20, 1952, as part of the 67th anniversary of the incorporation of Vancouver. The marker was created by the English sculptor Sydney March.
Inscription.
Here stood
Hamilton
First Land Commissioner
Canadian Pacific Railway
1885
in the silent solitude
of the primeval forest
He drove a wooden stake
in the earth and commenced
to measure an empty land
into the streets of
Vancouver

 
Erected 1952.
 
Location. 49° 16.967′ N, 123° 6.611′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is on West Hastings Street just from Hamilton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dominion Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Flack Block (within shouting distance of this marker); 326 West Pender Street (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); BC Permanent Building (about 120 meters away); 64 Pounder Guns (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sherman (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Drill Hall (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Canadian Bank of Commerce Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
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Here Stood Hamilton Marker Detail - Vancouver's (2nd) Coat of Arms image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2010
2. Here Stood Hamilton Marker Detail - Vancouver's (2nd) Coat of Arms
Lauchlan Hamilton's, the Canadian Pacific Commissioner, not only began the initial process of laying out the City of Vancouver, he also designed the city's first coat of arms, which was in use from 1886 to 1903. Pictured above is the second version of the city's coat of arms, and bears little resemblance to Hamilton's version, except that it carries the same motto, "By Sea and Land We Prosper". The second version was replaced by the third version in 1969, which carried over many heraldic elements from the second version, and can be seen on the city's Heritage Building historical markers today.
 A Plaque for Lauchlan Alexander Hamilton. Illustrated Vancouver's story of Hamilton's plaque. (Submitted on March 4, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Here Stood Hamilton Marker - wide view looking across West Hastings St. image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 11, 2010
3. Here Stood Hamilton Marker - wide view looking across West Hastings St.
First Vancouver City Council Meeting after fire image. Click for full size.
By Harry T. Devine, 1886
4. First Vancouver City Council Meeting after fire
Lauchlan Hamilton was also an alderman on the Vancouver City Council. This photo shows the first city council meeting after fire burned down the entire city on June 13, 1886. Hamilton is shown here, seated as the left-most person on the right-hand table. (Image courtesy of the Vancouver Public Library)
 
 
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