Brantford, a city of Canada in the Province of Ontario, and the county seat of Brant Co., is situated in a rich agricultural district, on the Grand River, 65 m southwest of Toronto. It is on the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National and the Michigan Central Railroad and is known as the Telephone City, Professor Alexander G. Bell having invented and first used the instrument at Tuela Heights nearby. Brantford is the center of the agricultural implement manufacturing business in Canada and a large export center. There are ninety large factories in the city given over to diversified manufactories. Power for manufacturing is supplied by water, natural gas, and electricity from Niagara Falls. Brantford is a strong financial center, having branches of all the leading banks. The city was named for the distinguished Mohawk chief, Joseph Brant, whose statue has a prominent place in Victoria Park. The Ontario Institution for the Education of the Blind and the Mohawk Institute for the training of Indian children are situated here. The city is noted for its fine homes and parks, its beautiful churches, conservatory of music, library, post office, Y. M. C. A. and Bell Memorial. Brantford's location in the heart of a rich agricultural district and its railroad connections are natural advantages. The manufactures are diversified and thriving, and tend to place the city among the leading manufacturing centers of Ontario. They include agricultural implements of all kinds, engines, electric fixtures, boilers, cigars, glue and starch flour. Population, 30,000.
From The Source Book, Vol. I., Perpetual Encyclopedia Corporation, Chicago, 1926.
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