Town of Dayton, Indiana

June Update


We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of Dayton Utility customers to the Dayton United Methodist Church. In the midst of the Coronavirus National Health Emergency when nearly everyone felt the financial impact of shut-downs and restrictions, the church stepped up and contributed $17,000 towards the utility bills of nearly 150 Dayton families over a year and a half period. Thank you, Church, for being there for our town.


The Town of Dayton has received the exciting news that we have been awarded a $50,000 Planning Grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. This grant will allow us to proceed with a Comprehensive Plan which will include input from the people of the town throughout the entire process. Please follow our Facebook page for updates.


There is some good news for Dayton Utility customers. After finally receiving the long-awaited Utility Rate Study, the Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on June 13, 2022 at 7pm to hear opinions on “An Ordinance to  Amend the Rates and Charges for the Waterworks Utility”. This ordinance will DECREASE the water portion of our utility bills.


We’ve saved the VERY BEST for last! The afternoon and evening of June 25, 2022 will be a very special time in the Town of Dayton. The town will hold its first ever Spirit of Dayton event and CHILDREN’S BOX PARADE. We encourage the entire town to show its patriotic spirit and decorate homes and businesses with American flags, banners, and red, white, and blue decor.  Find the details for both events here and register children for the Box Parade here.


Help us show the Spirit of Dayton and join the fun!

Links to Dayton Council Meetings can be found here.

Town Updates

Bid Opportunity

The Town of Dayton is seeking bids for 2022 Street Resurfacing Projects. See the advertisement here.

Council Seat Vacancy

At the July 11th meeting of the Dayton Town Council the council will vote to fill a recently vacated At-Large council seat. Interested parties must be registered voters who live within the Town of Dayton. 


Additional qualifications and disqualifications for holding public office can be found here.

Please send letters of interest to the before noon on July 1st, 2022.

July Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will meet on Monday July 11, 2022 at 7pm at Dayton Town Hall. The agenda and meeting documents will be available here 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