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Preserve America Community:
Dayton, Kentucky

Dayton (population 6,576) is located on a bend of the Ohio River south of Cincinnati, Ohio. A ferry crossing was established in this area by the early 19th century. Two communities, Jamestown and Brooklyn, laid out in 1848, merged in 1867 and were renamed Dayton in honor of Dayton, Ohio.

The City of Dayton has embarked on a program to recover the rich architectural heritage of the old river town. A citizen group, the Dayton Heritage Commission, has sponsored a variety of activities and projects, including an ongoing historic architectural survey and redevelopment of the town center.

The city also holds an annual festival named for Mary Ingles, a pioneer woman who escaped from Shawnee Indians near Dayton in 1755. The festival interprets and celebrates the Native Americans and 18th-century settlement of the area with music, dance, games, crafts, and living history as well as food and other activities.

For more information

City of Dayton: www.daytonky.com

Posted November 22, 2004

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