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Town of Dayton, Indiana

February Update

February is LOVE, and there’s so much to love about living in a small town. There’s also plenty of room for improvements and updates. NOW is your chance to have you voice heard!


The second Comprehensive Plan Open House will be held at Town Hall on February 15th from 5 – 6:30PM. We want your input and ideas during this planning process. We hope to see you there!


Speaking of improvements…… Is a stoplight needed on State Road 38 at the intersection with Dayton Road? INDOT recently completed its latest traffic study and determined once again that a traffic signal isn’t needed. We disagree.


We will be sponsoring a Letter Drive to INDOT through February and collecting letters at town hall to deliver in one batch to INDOT. The Town Council will be writing a letter and hopes to add letters from area residents to help make our point. If you need a sample letter to get you started, some are available here. Will you write a letter to help us get a stoplight? 


If you’d like to help, drop a letter off at Town Hall before February 28th. You can drop it in the mail slot in the Utility door, or even mail it or email it. (P.O. Box 557, Dayton, IN, or

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Town Updates

Stoplight Letter Drive

Does the intersection of Dayton Road and State Road 38 (Walnut Street) need a stoplight? We think it does! INDOT has recently completed a traffic study and has informed us that a traffic signal is not warranted. We want to change their minds and are asking anyone who uses that intersection to write a letter to help us. We are collecting letters at Town Hall through February 28. Find more information, some sample letters and the letter your Town Council is sending here.

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Comprehensive Plan Open House

See the Press Release for the February 15, 2023 Comprehensive Plan Open House here.

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February Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will meet on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 7PM at the Dayton Town Hall.

The agenda and meeting documents will be available before the meeting.

Dayton meetings can be viewed on the Dayton, Indiana Facebook page and the Town of Dayton YouTube channel.

Redevelopment Commission

The Dayton Redevelopment Commission will meet on Tuesday February 21, 2023 at 6PM at the Dayton Town Hall.

The agenda will be available before the meeting. Dayton meetings can be viewed on the Dayton, Indiana Facebook page and the Town of Dayton YouTube channel.

Dayton Town Calendar

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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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