The 1850's found Brantford at the beginning of what was to become a great and influential city. A 'workers paradise' where even the average working man could own their own home, the early prosperity of Brantford has been described as an 'economic miracle.'

Because of Brantford's large industrial base it was in a unique position to play a significant role in the great military conflicts of the twentieth century. However, Brantford became very heavily dependant on one sector of industry.

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