Town of Dayton, Indiana


“Hello May. Bring us new hope and make our lives beautiful like spring flowers.”


Dayton has been awarded over $221,000 from the State of Indiana’s Community Crossing matching grant program that will cover 75% of the cost of Dayton street projects this year. We thank and applaud our town manager, Mark Harlow, for doing the legwork necessary for the grant application, and for all he does for the Town of Dayton. 


An independent income survey of the town is still in progress, and we hope you will participate if you receive a survey. (No one from the town is involved in the survey.) Please help us open the door for grants for a Comprehensive Plan, Sewer line testing, and other projects. 


May brings the much-anticipated Fish Fry by the Sheffield Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, May 15th from 4-7:30. The spring Fish Fry will again be a drive-thru, and we hope residents and visitors alike will come out to support our Fire Department.


Many residents are planning garage sales on May 14th and/or May 15th, and the town utility clerk has graciously volunteered to create a digital map of the sales. Anyone wanting to add their sale to the map can simply fill out this form.


Happy May!

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


Town Updates

Dayton Garage Sale Map

More than 40 Dayton residents have scheduled Garage Sales on Friday and Saturday May 14-15.

Note that days and times vary, and can be found on the digital interactive map that can be linked to from here. Zoom into the purple shapes and click on each one to reveal the days and hours that were submitted.

A printable map showing the addresses of each sale can be found here.

Special Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will hold a special telephone meeting on Tuesday May 18th at 6pm. Instructions to listen and comment can be found here and an agenda will be shared before the meeting.

Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance

The Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance program can provide assistance for up to 12 months to cover past due and ongoing rent and utility payments for qualified renters. Apply at

Dayton Awarded Community Crossing

Matching Grant for 2021

The Town of Dayton has been awarded $221,402.10 from the State of Indiana Community Crossing Matching Grant program. See the road projects scheduled for 2021 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