A town that possesses a mysterious power, Silent Hill.  Using facts introduced 
in the games as a foundation, let's delve into the history of this town.

year            in American history           relevance to Silent Hill
before 16th c.                               * Native Americans conduct 
                                               rituals here.  This land is 
                                               valued as a sacred place in 
                                               Native American religion
                                               (see: folklore) 
around 1607    * England begins 
                 colonizing North America      

late 1600s                                   * settlers begin to come to  
                                               Silent Hill

1692           * Salem Witch Trials in

early 1700s                                  * a mysterious epidemic 
                                               breaks out, and the town   
                                               is abandoned

1776           * U.S. declaration of 

1789           * first presidential 
                 inauguration of
                 George Washington

around 1810    * civil war breaks out        * the town is resettled as 
                                               a penal colony.  Silent
                                               Hill Prison is constructed
                                               (see: prison)  Brookhaven 
                                               Hospital is constructed in
                                               response to the outbreak of 
                                               an epidemic (see: epidemic)   
1820           * Maine becomes a state       * Allen Smith paints 
                                               "waterfront landscape"

1830           * beginning of forced 
                 removal policy for 
                 Native Americans

around 1840                                  * Silent Hill Prison closes

around 1850                                  * A coal field is discovered and
                                               Wiltse coal mine opens, which
                                               leads to the revitalization
                                               of the town

1861           * outbreak of the             * a man called Chester and his
                 American Civil War            son both participate in the
                                               war (see: the Civil War) 
1862                                         * Toluca prison camp is 
                                               constructed for POWs
1865           * culmination of the 
                 Civil War 

1866                                         * the prison camp is converted
                                               into Toluca Prison

around 1890    * end of Native Americans'    * at this time people everywhere 
                 organized resistance          in the town mysteriously    
                                               disappear one after the other

early 1900s                                  * Toluca Prison closes and
                                               Silent Hill becomes a sight- 
                                               seeing area

Nov. 1918                                    * a sightseeing ship called the
                                               Little Baroness goes missing

1939                                         * strange events take place at 
                                               Toluca Lake (see: Toluca Lake)

19XX                                         * the mayor of Silent Hill 
                                               dies suddenly, and one after 
                                               the other the staff at a 
                                               development group die 
                                               accidental deaths


Sacred ground where Native Americans conducted mysterious rituals

Before settlers came from Europe, Silent Hill was a holy place.  Even then,
the land seemed to possess a mysterious power.

IMAGE:  the memo titled "Lost Memories"  
They revered the town as "The Place of the Silenced Spirits."  However, they 
were driven away by settlers and had to abandon the town.



After the spread of an epidemic, resettling of the town as a penal colony 

Many people lost their lives on this abominable soil.  Consequently, the 
town was used at first as a penal colony.  It was at this time that it was 
given the name "Silent Hill."

IMAGE:  James in the Historical Society 
After the closing of the prison, the Historical Society was built on its 
former site.  It conveys a sense of the town's history.



Once more, the threat of a plague steadily wraps the town in darkness

The town was stricken by an epidemic.  It may be that because of the 
unforeseen deaths of the town's population, as well as the thoughts and 
feelings of the prisoners, the original power that the town held was 
gradually distorted.

IMAGE:  the front doors of the hospital 
The current incarnation of Brookhaven Hospital has existed since it became 
large-scale in the late 1800s.


the Civil War

The town is drawn into the Civil War that divided the nation in two

The Civil War occurred in 1861.  The stone statue by the lake is a 
memorial to Patrick Chester, a soldier who fought in the war at this time.

IMAGE:  James examines the statue in the park
Although the conflict was originally born from political opposition, it 
was distorted by future generations into an issue concerning the birth of
the religious cult.  

(note:  Whether the word used here, "suuhai," means "cult" or "worship" 
depends entirely on context and the context here doesn't seem to be clear 
enough to rule out the possibility that this sentence could also mean 
something like, "...it was distorted by future generations into an issue 
concerning religious worship.")


Toluca Lake

After becoming a sightseeing area, a series of misfortunes befall the town

With the closing of Wiltse coal mine came the attempted reinvention of the 
town as a tourist attraction.  However, due to a succession of boating 
accidents the town gained a poor reputation as a sightseeing area.  

IMAGE:  a rowboat is barely visible through the fog on the lake
The famous Toluca Lake is a place that overflows with atmosphere.  It is known 
as an ominous lake that has become completely shrouded in a pervasive mist. 

(note:  Although the Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865, the dates for its 
outbreak are listed as both 1861 and around 1810 so I can only assume that 
this is a typo.  The earlier date is probably meant to indicate the War of