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Old Dayton
West Third Street Historic Distric

Dayton Ohio

Carillon Park
Carillon Park

Dayton is a city of contrasts and hope. At about 56 square miles, Dayton has a higher unemployment rate than the average Ohio city. At one time Dayton was an industrial center with bustling factories. NCR was the largest employer. Today, Miami Valley Hospital is the largest employer, and the factories have closed. Parts of the city have declined steadily, but other parts are becoming trendy urban areas.

Dayton has always prospered with its spirit of entrepreneurship, and that hasn't changed. Named after Jonathan Dayton, a captain in the American Revolutionary War and signer of the U.S. Constitution, Dayton started with a small group of settlers in 1796 and became incorporated in 1805. Dayton is most widely known as the birthplace of aviation thanks to the persistence of 2 bicycling printers that lived in Dayton. At the same time the Wright brothers were making a name for themselves, their close friend, Paul Laurence Dunbar was making a name for himself as the first African-American to gain national recognition in Literature. Today, the Wright-Dunbar area is seeing tremendous revival with new development and enterprise.

Earlier, Dayton gained prominence when the Miami & Erie Canal connected the town with Cincinnati. This connection allowed Dayton to grow and become an established community with connections to the rest of the world. The city has a rich heritage of inventions and innovations, with more patents per capita than any other city in the nation. Some of these inventions include the powered airplane, cash register, the stepladder, microfiche, waterproof cellophane, pop top beverage cans, the movie projector, space food, parking meters, the aircraft supercharger, the automobile self-starter, gas masks, and the parachute.

America's Packard Museum / Citizens MotorCar Company

Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm

Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

Bing Davis Art Gallery (located in Wright-Dunbardistrict)

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Carillon Historical Park

Carriage Hill Metropark and Farm

Centerville Washington Township Historical Society

Cox Arboretum and Gardens

Culture Works

Dayton Art Institute

National Museum of the USAF

Paul Laurence Dunbar House

SunWatch Indian Village & Archaeological Park

The Victoria Theatre

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum


Some of Daytons Entrepreneurs include:

  • Edward A. Deeds, engineer, inventor, industrialist

  • Paul Iams, Founder of The Iams Company

  • Charles Kettering, inventor of the automobile self-starter

  • Clay Mathile, Billionaire and former owner of Iams

  • John H. Patterson, founder of National Cash Register

  • James Ritty, inventor of the cash register

  • Wright Brothers, inventors of the airplane

Beaver Creek Golf Club
2800 New Germany Trebein Rd, Dayton 45431
(937) 320-0742

Community Golf Course
2917 Berkley St, Dayton 45409,
(937) 293-2341

Dayton Country Club
555 Kramer Rd, Dayton 45419,
(937) 294-2735

Hara Greens
1001 Shiloh Springs Rd, Dayton 45415
(937) 278-4272

Kittyhawk Golf Center
3383 Chuck Wagner Ln, Dayton 45414,
(937) 237-5424

Madden Golf Course
2100 Nicholas Rd, Dayton 45418,
(937) 268-0111

Miami Valley Golf Club
3311 Salem Ave, Dayton 45406
(937) 278-7381

Moraine Country Club
4075 Southern Blvd, Dayton 45429,
(937) 293-6391

Rollandia Golf Center
4990 Wilmington Pike, Dayton 45440,
(937) 434-4911

Walnut Grove Country Club
5050 Linden Ave, Dayton 45432,
(937) 253-6451