Gardenhire’s Historic Downtown Dayton Building

Historic Downtown Dayton Building Then and Now It’s 1912- the nation just elected a new president, World War I was looming on the horizon, and a sleepy little town in Tennessee named Dayton would soon gain national recognition during the famous Monkey Trial. This little town was growing fast, and buildings were being constructed contributing

Dayton Gets First Full Time Paid Firemen

Fire truck Driver on Duty 24 Hours Beginning June 16, 1958. Beginning on Monday June 16, 1958, the Dayton Fire Department, for the first time, had a full-time paid firefighter on duty 24 hours a day. At the time, the fire department was located in the City Hall building, which was located on West Main

Welcome To Dayton Tennessee

Dayton Women Pose at South City Gates If I were to pick out pick out my most favorite photos in my collection, this one would rate right up there in the top. This photo shows the city gates, as they were referred to. I’ve often heard local citizens talk about the gates which were located

Abel Barn South Dayton-Then and Now

The feature photo above shows the dairy barn located on the Abel farm in south Dayton. While the exact date of construction is unknown, we do know that it was built by John R. Abel, Jr., the grandson of Cain Abel who settled here in 1807 and began farming this property. When the railroad came

Home Store Built in Place of Motion Picture Theater 1953

Motion Picture Theater Construstion Halted, Home Store Later Finishes Construction   A March 16, 1950, issue of the Dayton Herald Newspaper held an announcement by W.C. Woodlee, manager of the current theater on Market Street. The announcement was for the plans of construction of a new 1000 seat capacity theater to be located at the

Dayton Police and Firemen 1950’s

Pictured Left to Right is Dayton Fireman Paul Patton, Dayton Policemen Bill Dilday, Luther Ray and Charles Robinette. (Photo Courtesy of the Ray Family) Copyright All Rights Reserved -Yesterday In Dayton Please Consider using The Social Media Buttons Below To Share This Story So Others May See It.

Greyhound Builds New Bus Depot in Dayton 1950

In January of 1950, officials from the Greyhound Bus Company was in town selecting a location to build their new bus depot. According to the tentative plans, the bus depot would need to provide an off street loading and unloading area for passengers, waiting room, short order lunch counter and restroom, all in conjunction with

Becky Welch Miss Dayton 1965

Miss Becky Welch, daughter of Mrs. Carol Welch was 16 years old when she was crowned as Miss Dayton 1965 in a contest sponsored by the Dayton Jaycettes. Miss Welch a junior at Rhea Central High School was a cheerleader for three years. She was active in the Pep Club, “R” Club, Bible Club and

Dayton Opera House Razed

Progress takes Old Dayton Opera House September 1937 In September 1937, the demands of progress claimed a landmark in downtown Dayton. The old Dayton Opera House, which began its career as a community center for the exhibition of dramatic art, was scheduled to be demolished to make way for the new post office building. The

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