Clinton, Ontario derives its name from Sir Henry Clinton, an officer in the Peninsular War (also known in Spain as the War of Independence). The area was originally settled in 1834 by Peter Vanderburgh who opened a tavern north of the town. William Rattenbury purchased three corners of the intersection of London and Huron Roads and laid out a town plot. The settlement became known as Rattenbury’s Corner. A post office was opened in 1858 and the village was named Clinton after Lord Clinton, a friend of William Rattenbury.
Today visitors to Clinton can visit the School on Wheels in Sloman Memorial Park. This CNR Railway car is the only remaining one of the original seven rail cars that were used to teach children in isolated areas of northern Ontario. Fred Sloman was one such teacher who lived and traveled in this railway car from 1926-1965. He was accompanied most of the time by his family. Visitors can see the schoolroom section as well as the living quarters. Clinton also boasts a raceway which offers live racing every Friday and Sunday throughout July and August. The racetrack also features over 100 slots and swimming pool and café.