This Day in Dayton, 20 May

An article in the Courier of May 20, 1861, reported that James Ball would be the builder to lay gravel on the section of the Dayton–Hamilton Pike that passed through Dayton. Called the Dayton Gravel Road, it began where the Newcastle Road used to meet what is now SR 38 and continued to the Clinton County line. A toll was charged and toll houses were located both east and west of town. A pole was placed across the road to stop traffic for collection of the toll. The toll house east of town was at the same location as the eastern toll house for the plank road had been: county road 900 E and SR 38. The toll house west of town was just outside of town, on the east edge of the SuperPantry/truck plaza service station (1866 and 1878 maps); others put the toll house further west, at the curve on State Road 38). Directors included George I. Kellenberger (president), David H. Crouse, and Samuel Davis. Investors purchased shares in the company and expected to earn a return as well as to benefit themselves and the community with the improved transportation. There is some confusion about who actually built the road. Kellenberger’s biography in the Biographical Record (p. 455; publ. 1888) asserts he was the builder. (Picture of ticket is from Sesqui 77.)

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