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Hidden History of Dayton, Ohio

Hidden History of Dayton, Ohio

by Tony Kroeger


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Beyond the Wright brothers and the cash register, Dayton's rich history contains numerous astounding and overlooked people, events and places. One of the city's founders was involved in a conspiracy ring led by none other than disgraced former vice president Aaron Burr. Seemingly innocuous warehouses in a west Dayton residential neighborhood served as laboratories for the triggering mechanism of the atomic bomb. An obscure door located on a hillside once led to National Cash Register's secret underground tunnel system, and a curious stone wall along the Mad River served as an aqueduct abutment for the Miami-Erie Canal. Author Tony Kroeger unveils the historical features that give Dayton its character.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467142502
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 02/22/2021
Series: Hidden History
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 310,975
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Tony Kroeger is the planning division manager for the City of Dayton, where he has worked since 2006. He is a graduate of Miami University (bachelor's) and Clemson University (master's) in city and regional planning. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and came to Dayton from Greenville, South Carolina. He wishes to share his sense of wonder and excitement about cities with others, especially his children, Luke and Ben. He and his family live in the St. Anne's Hill historic district in Dayton. You can find him at @tonykroeger on Twitter.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Formed by the Sea, Shaped by Ice 15

2 Traitors and Heroes 25

3 The Persistent Impact of the Canal 35

4 At a Crossroads 45

5 The Dayton Project 55

6 Hidden Recent Past: The Midcentury 65

7 Relics of the Past 91

8 Subterranean Dayton 121

Epilogue 129

Bibliography 131

About the Author 141

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