Town of Dayton, Indiana

September Update


Good news! Dayton Utility customers realized a noticeable reduction in their Utility bills for August. After reviewing a rate study, the Dayton Town Council voted to reduce the Water rate by about 26%. This reduction was effective for the August bills, so residents should have noticed the difference when paying their August bills. 


SAVE THE DATE! The Dayton Hometown Pumpkin Patch will soon be ready to harvest. Join us on Sunday September 25th between 2PM and 6PM to come and choose your pumpkin. There will be a bounce house and other fun activities, so don’t miss it! Free will donations accepted, and this event is limited to the Dayton community. The event map can be found here. 


We can’t thank Stan Kyger and Ron Koehler enough for the endless hours they spent making the Dayton Hometown Pumpkin Patch a reality and a success. We appreciate their efforts enormously!


The work installing some new sidewalks in town has already begun, and the work on Dayton streets won’t be far behind. We are making maximum use of our Community Crossroads grant of over $493,000. This funding provides 75% of the cost of these improvements. See the list of street projects scheduled here.


The Steering Committee for Dayton’s Comprehensive Plan will meet for the first time on September 6th. We are extremely grateful to the

Indiana Office of Community and

Rural Affairs for the $50,000 grant

to finally have a Comprehensive

Plan for our town.


It’s been a great year for Dayton,

and it’s not over yet! Happy Fall!

Links to Dayton Council Meetings can be found here.

Town Updates

Dayton Road Work

The Community Crossings Matching Grant road improvements are scheduled to begin the week of October 3rd. The roads to be resurfaced are:

-Dayton Road from Main to north Corp limit

-Wesleyan from Dayton Road to end

-Conjunction from Walnut (SR38) to Main

-Conjunction from Main to College

-Republican from Walnut (SR38) to Main

Additional roadwork by the town will include Cul-de-sacs at the end of Wesleyan Drive and Shady Lane.

October  Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will meet on Tuesday October 12, 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.

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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