Town of Dayton, Indiana


May the first day of April bring with it much peace, love, joy, passion & purpose into your life. ~Trudy Vesotsky


First the good news. We have learned that Dayton’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan should be around $350,000. This money will come through the state in allotments over the next year and is intended to ease the financial impact the town has experienced from COVID. It will come with a number of requirements and restrictions, and your council and the town attorney are preparing for our first payment.


There’s more good news. We are pleased to welcome Dayton resident Bridget Cadwallader to our Dayton team as the Utility Clerk for the Town of Dayton. Bridget comes to the town with a wealth of experience which should help her tackle the job at hand. While town hall is still closed, Bridget will be available to answer your calls and emails from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. 


Dayton’s newest developments continue to grow. The first phase of the Baker Farms subdivision was recently accepted into the town, and the Truck Country Indiana complex is going gangbusters. We encourage you all to take advantage of these spring days and walk through our special town and check out our new neighbors.


Happy Easter and have a joyous Spring!


Town Updates

April Council Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 12th at 7 pm. The agendas are attached here, and instructions to listen and comment can be found here. The meeting may also be heard live on the Dayton, Indiana Facebook page.

INDOT Public Meeting

April 15th at 10 am

at the Dayton United Methodist Church

The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a second public meeting on the proposed project for improving eleven miles of State Road 38. 

Information on the proposed project can be viewed online here.

Links to the audio from the 2020 telephone meetings can be found here.

Dayton Town Calendar

© 2019 Town of Dayton, Indiana.

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