Dayton, Kentucky

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Dayton is a city in Campbell County, Kentucky, United States, along a bend of the Ohio River. The population was 5,966 at the 2000 census. It is less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.



Dayton is located at 39°6′42″N 84°28′13″W / 39.11167°N 84.47028°W / 39.11167; -84.47028 (39.111781, -84.470401)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.3& km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (20.48%) is water. Dayton is located within Kentucky's Outer Bluegrass region in the Upper South of the United States of America.


Dayton had a ferry crossing, established in this area by the early 19th century, at the foot of what's now Dayton Street.

Two communities, Jamestown and Brooklyn, laid out in 1848, merged in 1867 and were renamed Dayton in honor of Dayton, Ohio.[1] Jamestown was incorporated March 1, 1848. According to the state charter, the founding fathers were James Berry, James McArthur & Henry Walker. Berry was a nephew of James Taylor Jr., founder of Newport, Kentucky.

Dayton has a large sandbar, just off its shore. It had a popular beach for many years known as the "Manhattan Bathing Beach", until the US Army Corps of Engineers raised the level of the Ohio River. Laws were passed prohibiting nude swimming in the Ohio River during daylight hours, and prohibiting dogs from running loose. Violators of the nude swimming law faced a penalty of a $1.00 fine for the first offense, and could go as high as $5.00 for subsequent offenses. People also had the right to shoot dogs that were running loose in the city, and bill the owners for carcass removal.[2]

Floods in 1884, 1913 and 1937 (see 1937 flood) - the latter affecting 80 percent of the city and prompting residents to take shelter in the garages of the former Wadsworth Watch Case Co. - caused many of the companies in the once-booming town to move elsewhere. By the 1950s, many residents, weary of constant flooding, moved out of the town as well.

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