The area was first named la Petite Côte ("Little Coast" – as opposed to the longer coastline on the Detroit side of the river).
Later it was called La Côte de Misère ("Poverty Coast") because of the sandy soils near La Salle.
Windsor was the site of a battle during the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1838. There were various types of tradesmen, a bank agency and a post office.
The Sandwich neighbourhood on Windsor's west side is home to some of the city's oldest buildings, including Mackenzie Hall, originally built as the Essex County Courthouse in 1855. The oldest building in the city is the Duff-Baby House built in 1792.It also recalled the naming controversy in 1892 when Windsor aimed to become a city.The most popular names listed in the naming controversy were "South Detroit," "The Ferry" (from the ferries that linked Windsor to Detroit), Windsor, and Richmond (the runner-up in popularity).Rum-running in Windsor was a common practice during that time.On October 25, 1960, a massive gas explosion destroyed the building housing the Metropolitan Store on Ouellette Avenue.Windsor's French-Canadian heritage is reflected in French street names such as Ouellette, Pelissier, François, Pierre, Langlois, Marentette, and Lauzon.The current street system (a grid with elongated blocks) reflects the Canadien method of agricultural land division, where the farms were long and narrow, fronting along the river.) is a city in Ontario and the southernmost city in Canada.It is on the southern shore of the Detroit River, due south and directly across the river from Detroit, Michigan.Ten people were killed and at least one hundred injured.The 45th anniversary of the event was commemorated by the Windsor Star on October 25, 2005.