Welcome to Trinity City, the newest and fastest growing city in America.
Archaeological evidence shows that the Trinity City area had been home to an unidentified Native American mound-building tribe that disappeared sometime around 1000 CE. Iroquois legends talk of a conflict where an unidentified tribe was wiped out by a Mohawk-led force, which may refer to this lost tribe. Scholars have taken to referring to the tribe as the Silver River Tribe.
The area was mapped by French and English explorers in the 17th Century, and there were some initial efforts at settlement by the French in the early 18th Century but it was English settlements which gained dominance and the region was firmly under British control by the middle of the century. The area remained nominally British territory during the American Revolution, though some battles were fought there, until it was formally ceded to the fledgling United States in the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
The area was mostly farmsteads mixed with fishing villages along the Silver River until the discovery of coal and iron in the foothills nearby. Mining became the dominant industry in the early 19th Century which led to the founding of the original town of Trinity, named after the Anglican Church of the Trinity that had been built to minister to the growing population in the 1790s. A large Welsh immigrant population came to the region to work the coal mines and later the steelworks that were started in Trinity.
In the early 1800s the Trinity area was part of the Underground Railroad, thanks to the presence of nearby Quaker communities. Freed slaves established Freetown, now the community of Eastgate. The latter half of the 19th Century also saw an influx of Chinese workers which led to the formation of Trinity's Chinatown.
Throughout the 19th Century Trinity became an industrial center and had many steel foundries. Coal, iron ore, and steel all made their way out of Trinity by rail or along the Silver River. In the 1890s the Hope Falls Generating Station was built by Nikola Tesla, who also built a lab where he conducted some of his experiments in broadcast energy.
Steel production peaked during World War II to meet the demand for the war effort. The 1950s and 60s saw a concerted effort to deal with the decades of pollution caused by the mining and steel industry. In the late 1970s demand for steel was being met by cheaper overseas sources which led to a massive decline in the city's industrial output. By this time the coal and iron mines were also largely depleted and the region's population dropped to less than half of what it had been in the 1950s.
Efforts by a small cadre of politicians brought in investment from the telecommunications sector, leading to massive improvements to infrastructure that attracted a large number of call centers to the area in the 1980s. This proved especially fortuitous as it then led to the area becoming home to many tech startups during the Dot-Com Boom of the late 1990s. The Silver Heights area became Trinity's answer to Silicon Valley. The tech crash of the early 2000s caused many of those companies to collapse, but the economic damage was lessened by the benefits of the infrastructure improvements from the 1980s and 90s that meant the region was still attractive to corporations that took advantage to set up head and satellite offices.
Trinity City came into being on January 1, 2017; a result of the amalgamation of the old Trinity municipality with neighboring municipalities. This was done to facilitate application for Federal and State infrastructure and other funding that was coming as part of the concerted effort to rebuild after the One Week War. The region was also the destination of many of the refugees who fled the destruction in areas like New York City, Boston, and Washington DC.
Today the downtown core has been transformed into an ultra-modern Central Business District with gleaming 21st Century steel and glass towers. Ongoing improvements include new bridges and tunnels as well as the construction of a new university campus.
- Central Business District
- Old Trinity
- "Rust Belt"
- The Forge
- Hope Falls
- Forest Hills
- Silver Heights
- Wolf Cove
- Cowan Creek
- South Shore
- Goodman Acres
- Philp Township
Points of Interest
- City Hall
- Trinity Cathedral
- Trinity College
- Hope River Dam
- Lakeside Yacht Club
- Genesys Technologies
- Wolf Cove Nuclear Generating Station
- Trinity International Airport
- Fort Gregg Army Base
- The Mounds