Water you doing, Dayton?

In the late 1800s, sinks had 3 faucets. Far left was hot rainwater, far right was cold, and the middle was Holly Water. Also known as drinking water, Holly Water got its name because the first city waterworks used Holly’s Patent Elliptical Rotary Pumps to get water from two wells. The rainwater came from cisterns in people’s yards, collected from roof runoff and brought into the house via pumps.

Before Holly Water, residents drank well water, benefiting from the filtering effects of the porous sub-soil. By the 1860s as more and more people moved into Dayton, those water sources became compromised, with an increasing amount of cesspools infringing on the borders of these wells. This led to the first Board of Health being created in 1868. A Committee was formed to address the issues, ultimately choosing the “Holly System.”

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Gem City Made Craft Show

We visited the Gem City Made craft show on May 5th, held at the Beavercreek Nazarene Church. There were a ton of vendors, with amazing handmade products from glasswork and woodwork to jewelry and bags, to pet accessories, wreaths, and crochet!

This year was only the second year for Gem City Made, but Beavercreek Nazarene has been holding a Holiday Bazaar every November for over 25 years! We’ll make sure to post details about the Holiday Bazaar before the event in early November.

During the event, we made sure to visit every booth, and we saw a few familiar faces, but met a lot of great new vendors.

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Street Art becomes a Legacy


Back in September 2016, Bethany made a seemingly random decision to take a different route home from work. During that trip, she happened to spot an artist working on a mural on the side of Keowee Street. She turned around and pulled over, and had the pleasure of meeting the artist, Nick Edwards, and he let her take this picture and feature it on Dayton Unknown’s Instagram. We didn’t really know him, but we loved seeing his artwork around town.

Rest in Peace, Nick, and our condolences to all who loved you.


Lee Lynam

Note: In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15th, we decided to share a story about one of Dayton’s own Peace Officers.

January 17, 1880 was a normal day on the beat for Patrolman Lee Lynam. That morning, he arrested a man named John Francis on suspicion of having a gun. Francis was later released and told to “behave.”

But behave, he did not.

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