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Dayton, 1857 Jamestown, KY
Before it was named Dayton, it was Brooklyn and Jamestown, 1859
from Williams Directory of Cincinnati, 1859
Jamestown, before, c. 1855

...or, colloquially, also known as Jimtown.

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The Old Cottonwood Tree

It was at the s.w. corner of Sixth & McKinney.  Note the size of the two boys in this picture.  “Dear Mrs. Hauser, This is a picture of our old Cotton Wood tree is said to be over one hundred yrs old hope you like it as well as the pumpkins.”
Another view of the
Photo by William Brengelman
From a Facebook post by Cam Miller
A hundred years ago, this cottonwood tree was a notable Dayton landmark.
 A few more words on the Cottonwood are here.
100 years ago, Dayton residents were serious about this tree.


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Random Group of Dayton
Boys, circa 1910
The sixth birthday of Dorothy
Parrotts, who has the doll, on
August 21, 1909.
Somewhere in Dayton,
October, 1918


This is Edna Mae Truesdale, on the Belmont Hill, overlooking Dayton
from a Facebook posting on the page of Old Photos of Northern Kentucky

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The Home of Alice Richards, 330 6th Avenue, Dayton
Also the home and office of Dr. W. D. Richards from 1912 to the 1930's
(The license plate on the car reads WDR)


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A “depot” at Dayton
on the C & O Railroad
The Gowell Club, 1915 
The ad is from the back of the card
Third Street,
Dayton, Kentucky



The Newport and Dayton Street Railway operated a line along Fairfield from the L&N Bridge east into Dayton. The image is from before 1887, when the company was sold to South Covington and Cincinnati Street Railway, and 1870, when the company began.. From a Facebook post by Tom Poe


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Somewhere in Dayton, 1921

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Dayton Fire
Department, 1898
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Truck, 1916
Dayton Fire Department, 1941
Key to who's in the picture, here.

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“A vote for the merger of the communities was a landslide with the community Brooklyn voting 51-6 in favor, and Jamestown voting 97-5 in favor also. Suggested names for the new city included Crescent, Berryville, North Point & Campbleton among others. A newspaper account in 1866 stated the name selected was “Dayton” after Dayton, OH that was founded in 1803.”  -   www.northern-kentucky.com  


“Dayton- The citizens of Jamestown and Brooklyn, which places were recently, by a vote of the people consolidated, have named their town “Dayton.” A contract has been given out by the trustees for grading and paving the wharf in front of the place. Success to Dayton, Ky. We predict at some future date she will rival the beautiful city in Ohio after which she was named.” Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, July 4, 1866


The Act of the Kentucky Legislature to merge Brooklyn and Jamestown, forming Dayton, from March 9, 1867, is here. There were previous Acts, establishing Jamestown (1848), and Brooklyn (1849).

The 1871 Act defining Dayton's city limits is here.

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Charlie Tharp speaks on the History of Dayton
Nobody knew Dayton history better. 58 minutes.


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300 block of 2nd Street, c. 1954
from a Facebook post by Barbara Sparks Rawe, whose husband is shown

Home of Henry Noxsel,
se corner of Main and Front


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750 2&4 Third Street
Note the ice truck.
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Street, Dayton
824 Front
Street, Dayton


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1883 Map of Northern
Campbell County
This map of Dayton is mid to
late 1800's
(note the sand bar)


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Dayton's Jesse Tannehill's major league record can be found here. He had a no hitter, six 20 game winning seasons, and is  one of the few major league pitchers to ever steal home. Jesse's brother Lee Tannehill was also a major  leaguer, and his record is here.
Other Major League Baseball Players from Dayton:

Bill “Shang” Kissinger, whose record is here.
John “Chick” Smith's major league record is here.
Todd Benzinger's major league record is here.

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The most famous sports star to live in Dayton was likely former  UCLA basketball
coach John Wooden.  Lonnie Wheeler's story from the Kentucky Post is here.  (pdf)

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We find a number of old post cards which have “306 Dayton Avenue, Dayton, Ky.” printed on the back. Sellers on eBay and collectors usually assume that's the location of the scene on the card, but in fact, it was the home of Dayton photographer D. N. House, “publisher” of the card. We assume if these pictures are not in Dayton, they were nearby, but we have no idea who they are, or where they are.  All are c. WWI, and, as you can see, the man knew his business. The house in the bottom, center image is at 952 Lenox Place in North Avondale. Thanks, Brian Boland for spotting it.

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It says here that a Dayton man can make gold. Hangover's cause city council to postpone meeting.
Feud breaks out in Dayton and Bellevue. Five Shot. Man scalped in Dayton.
The Enquirer ran a feature story on Dayton in 1883. Dayton banker pasted by IRS agent.
Origins of the name Dayton, here. A brief piece on the Dayton Centennial from 1950.  Here. (pdf)
In 1911, the Dayton Men's Club had a contest, for school kids, to come up with a slogan for the city.  Entrants are here. They're a hoot. History of the Dayton's Women's Club is here.
“The disgusting spectacle of drunken women was witnessed in the city yesterday afternoon.  Two women, moderately well dressed, came over here from Cincinnati and promenaded one or two of the prominent streets and then staggered to a street car at the corner of Third and Clay streets and were taken back as far as Newport.  To the credit of Dayton, it can be said they were strangers, supposed to hail from Newport, or Covington.”  from the Kentucky Journal of Sept. 16, 1891.
A few statistics on the City of Dayton's revenues during the depression are here

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