Dayton's history has been shaped and reshaped by its location on the banks of the Ohio River. First settled in 1848, the city grew and prospered, providing raw materials and labor for the boatbuilders across the river in Cincinnati. The fine white-sand beaches became a tourist mecca, drawing the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) reunion in 1898. Floods, pollution, and a series of locks for river navigation destroyed the beaches, but Dayton continued to thrive. The Great Flood of 1937 devastated nearly half of the town, and time rendered many of its businesses obsolete. Bowed but unbeaten, Dayton struggled to recover. In 1982, a flood wall was built to protect the town, and today the city's prime location along the Ohio River is a draw for redevelopment.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738552934
: Arcadia Publishing
: 10/03/2007
: Kentucky
: Images of America
: 200 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Author Charles Tharp grew up in Dayton and is the city's historian. His tireless efforts to preserve its history have made him a welcome speaker for local organizations. Coauthor Deanna Beineke is a retired teacher and volunteer oral historian who has collected over 50 interviews for the national Veterans History Project. Using the souvenir booklet from the 1898 GAR Encampment as a starting point, they selected vintage images from several public and private collections.
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