About Us

Founded in the early 19th century, the Town of Dayton, Indiana, has a deep-rooted history shaped by Native American presence and European settlement. Initially known as Wyandott, the town's transformation began with the arrival of the first settlers in 1825, led by William Bush. Over the years, Dayton evolved into a bustling community with thriving industries such as sawmills, gristmills, and various artisan workshops. A carriage factory, established after the Civil War, became a major employer, leaving a lasting impact until the early 1900s. The town's development continued, marked by the opening of schools, churches, hotels, and businesses. During the Civil War, many residents enlisted in various regiments, contributing to the war effort. As transportation improved, Dayton witnessed the advent of the railroad in 1875 and, later, the construction of Interstate 65 in the 1970s. Today, Dayton stands as a testament to its enduring character, surrounded by the scenic Wildcat Valley and Wildcat Prairie, offering a charming blend of history and natural beauty.

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