Town of Dayton, Indiana

July Update

Happy July!


As we celebrate Independence Day, please be considerate of your neighbors and their pets, and please follow Dayton’s Fireworks Ordinance. The Ordinance can be found here, but the main point is consumer fireworks may be set off between 5:00 pm and 11:30 pm from June 29th to July 9th. On Saturday, July 4th they can be set off between 10:00 am and midnight.


While COVID-19 is preventing the Dayton United Methodist Church’s “Freedom Celebration” and community fireworks display this year, we look forward to 2021 when we can all work together and make it a day-long event for the whole town. 


Utility installations are moving along on Dayton Road South, and the beginnings of the infrastructure for roads, drainage, and utilities can be seen in the future Baker Farms subdivision.


The Resolution keeping town hall closed expires July 4th with the contingency that there is a re-opening plan in place. We will share the plan when it is available but look for an announcement soon.


Stay safe, Dayton, and enjoy your summer.

Donations Appreciated!

We hope you're enjoying the American Flags along St Rd 38. If anyone is interested in donating to our Flag Fund, donations can be sent to:

Town of Dayton

P O Box 557

Dayton, IN 47941

Please write "Flag Fund" on memo line.

Town Updates

July 13th Council Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will meet by telephone on Monday, July 13th at 7 pm.  The agendas will be attached when they are available. See the instructions below to comment on agenda items. The two Ordinances to be considered can be found below.

Meeting Agenda

Golf Cart Ordinance

Animal Control Ordinance

To listen to the meeting, call (224) 501-3412 

Access Code: 574-569-085

Instructions for commenting at telephone meetings

Change is Coming

We are changing vendors for our trash and recycling service. The final pick-up for Best-Way will be July 27th. Please leave your totes at the curb because Best-Way will be picking them up later that week. Beginning in August, Trash Kans will be servicing the town and our new trash pick-up day will be Friday. August 7th will be our first pickup day with both trash and recycling with recycling

to be picked up every other week 

thereafter. Our new totes from 

Trash Kans will be delivered the

last week of July. Dayton's totes

will be black with yellow lids. 

Annual Street Sweeping

Street sweeping is scheduled for Tuesday July 21st.

Please mark your calendars to NOT park on the street.

Find the Audio from Dayton Council meetings here:

William Bush Started It

A long, long time ago …

…the first settlers arrived in Dayton. It was 1825 when William Bush and others settled here, and Bush probably sold the first lots about 1827, the year the town celebrates as its founding. Two years later, the town was officially platted, in two parts. In 1829, both Dr. Timothy Horram, who owned land adjoining Bush’s, and William Bush decided it was time to file a plat. The two men used the same surveyor and filed their plats on the same day, September 16, 1829. Bush called his plat Marquis (de), with all lots lying along the south side of the state road now known as Indiana 38.  Dr. Horram called his plat Fairfield, with all lots lying north of the road. Bush’s plat for Marquis was entered first (Deed Book A, p. 381), earning him the honor of town founder. Horram’s plat for Fairfield is recorded on the following page (Deed Book A, p 382.). The name Marquis may never have been used, but for some reason early local histories often get it backward, claiming that the town was first called Fairfield by William Bush, and later Marquis by Horram.

In a deed recorded October 5, 1830 (at Deed Book B, page 278), David Gregory platted an addition to the town of Fairfield, with all lots lying west of Conjunction St (alongside Fairfield) and north of the state road (across from the west half of Bush’s Marquis plat).

When the growing town applied for a post office, it was denied the use of the name Fairfield because there was already a post office by that name in Indiana, a dilemma shared with several other aspiring Fairfields around the state. Legend says Gregory offered to donate a lot for a school if the town would take the name Dayton, after the prosperous Dayton, Ohio, in the area from which Gregory and others had come. On April 19, 1831, the Dayton post office was established, and on July 5, 1831, Gregory deeded a lot for a school (lot 19; Book 58, p. 172), although it was not, as legend says, exactly on the spot where the school stands today. It was on a lot directly in front of today’s school location but facing Main Street. The one-room school was built far back on the lot, and the land where the school stands today was also Gregory land at the time, making it essentially the same location. As new buildings were erected, they were located behind the existing building, on the north edge of the town.


Much has happened in Dayton since then…

Susan Clawson

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