Town of Dayton, Indiana
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” —Melody Beattie
Dayton’s history has many chapters. There was once a time when Dayton was known as “a small town with a big heart”, and we experienced that feeling in spades recently with the first ever “Santa Visits Dayton” event. Santa was escorted around town on a Sheffield Township Fire Department fire truck and spread Christmas Cheer throughout the town. It was a fun filled and joyous event that we hope will become a new Dayton tradition, along with other activities we hope to roll out as we write the 2022 chapter of Dayton’s history.
We begin 2022 just as we did in 2021 - by holding a town meeting by telephone thanks to the ongoing COVID pandemic. We will be watching local health updates closely and will continue to conduct the business of the town in a manner to protect the health of town residents, employees, and officials. Please see the meeting notices on the website for specific information on each meeting.
In the event that we receive more than two inches of snow, please help by not parking on the streets so we can work to clear the roads. Also, please keep sidewalks clear and help out those unable to shovel their own. We encourage residents to sign up to Dayton’s Notification System to receive important updates on this and other Dayton matters.
Happy New Year, Dayton!
Links to Dayton Council Meetings can be found here.
*This meeting is now by telephone.
The Town of Dayton is committed to the safe control of snow and ice on public streets. The Town is responsible for approximately 8 miles of secondary, and residential streets. Factors having a significant impact on response time of town crew in salting and plowing streets and hauling snow include, but are not limited to air temperature, pavement temperature, precipitation type (i.e. freezing rain, sleet, and snow), wind speed and direction, time of day, and the expected duration of the storm event.
The Town closely monitors conditions and pre-treats roads accordingly, if the possibility of icy or snowy conditions exists. Plowing and/or salt operations begin once snow or ice starts accumulating on streets.
Help us help you by following these guidelines:
Keep streets clear of cars, basketball goals, etc. for maximum snow plow access.
Place garbage and recycling totes at the foot of the driveway.
Shovel your sidewalk and driveway snow into your yard - not the street.
While driving, yield to snow plows - they are considered emergency vehicles.
Please be patient. Main streets are plowed first, then neighborhoods. Cul-de-sacs are plowed last because they take the most time and have the least traffic.
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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…