Milton,Ontario, incorporated as a town in 1857, population 110,128 (2016 census),
84,362 (2011 census). The Town of Milton is located 29 km west of Toronto. The area was opened to settlement with the purchase of the Mississauga Tract
from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (see Ojibwe) and creation of the York Road (Hwy 5) to London.
Settlement and Development
The area was first called Martin's Mills after a pioneering settler family, and in 1837 was renamed Milton. It was made county seat of Halton in 1853 and a town in 1857. The agriculturally based economy has become more industrialized due to its geographical location. Milton, home of the Robertson "socket head" screw, now abounds with leisure attractions and historic sites including a modern recreational complex, The Ontario Agricultural Museum and The Electric Railway Museum. As steam capital of Ontario, Milton is the home of "Steam-Era," an annual Labour Day Weekend festival organized by the Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association.