Town of Dayton, Indiana

October Update

It’s the loveliest time of year to get out and enjoy a walk around our beautiful town. Our newest sidewalk extension is complete along Dayton Road South and is sure to offer a refreshing morning or evening stroll. The changing colors in this area and through the entire town are not to be missed!

As we bask in the glory of the changing colors on trees throughout town, we will be reminded that those fabulous leaves must eventually be raked and made ready for pick up. The leaf pick up dates this year will be 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, and 12/6.  

It’s time for Fall Clean-up! The dumpster will be here sometime in October. Remember to sign up for notifications to be notified when the date for the dumpster is arranged. 

Our street improvement projects funded by the state’s Community Crossroads Matching Grants are scheduled to begin this month. Find the list of roads and the type of improvement planned for them at the link here.

There is one day of this month that you will likely see our sidewalks flooded with lots of different animals and characters. Halloween! Those trick-or-treaters will be out on Sunday, October 31st from 5pm-8pm collecting treats. Children and adults alike have wonderful memories of a Dayton Halloween and we hope the tradition continues. 

Have a great fall!

Links to Dayton Council Meetings can be found here.

Town Updates

Fall Dumpsters

The fall dumpsters will be available near the Dayton Police Station on Saturday, November 6th at 8am until they are full. If they arrive before that the drive will be blocked.

-Proof of residency required. (ID, Utility bill, etc)

-Fill bins from back to front. No trash left outside of bin.

-No yard waste. (No grass clippings, no leaves, no sticks, no tree branches.)

-No wet paint. No hazardous chemicals.


-No tires unless cut into several pieces.

Curbside Leaf Pick-Up

The leaf pick-up dates for 2021 are October 25, November 8, November 22, and December 6th.

Please see the flyer for more information.


The hours for Trick or Treating in Dayton are 5-8pm on Sunday, October 31st. Let's all work together to continue the tradition and make wonderful memories for Dayton's children. 

Stay safe, and have a Happy Halloween!

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Residential Survey for Comprehensive

Planning Grant

As part of the process of applying for an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs comprehensive planning grant, we are asking for your input. We hope you will participate in our survey, which can be found at this link.

Dayton Notification System

The Town of Dayton is implementing a notification system to be used only for urgent local information and emergencies impacting Dayton residents. If you reside in the Town of Dayton, please sign up for text, email, or voice notifications by completing this form.

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