It’s Our 9th Anniversary!

On January 27th, 2014, Dayton Unknown shared our very first post. Since then…

Most Popular Story: Hills and Dales Lookout Tower: The REAL Story
Sara’s Favorite Story: The Chinese Tong Murder
Bethany’s Favorite Story: General Richard Montgomery

We are so excited to see what the future holds for us!

As always, if you have any story ideas or questions you’d like us to look into, please let us know! There are so many ways to contact us – leave a comment down below, via the Contact Us page, send an email (daytonunknown@hotmail.com), send a message on Facebook or Instagram (@daytonunknown), etc.

More Street and Bridge Honorary Designations

This list is thanks to the book Hidden History by Tony Kroeger, with a small amount of Googling on our part.

  • Chuck Whalen Lane (L Street) – Whalen was a UD graduate who went on to serve as a US Representative
  • Local 696 Way (Alwildy Drive) – United Auto Workers Local 696 has an HQ building on Alwildy, which was designated by Paul Deneau in 1965.
  • Bishop John H. Mathews Jr. Way (College Street) – Mathews was a pastor of Mount Zion Church.
  • Keith A Byars Sr. Way (Hoover Avenue) – Byars is a Dayton native who played in the NFL for 13 seasons as fullback and tight end. He played seven seasons for the Eagles, made the Pro Bowl in 1993 with the Dolphins, then SuperBowl XXXI with the New England Patriots.
  • Commissioner Richard a Zimmer Memorial Bridge (Findlay Street Bridge) – Zimmer was a Dayton City Commissioner for 21 years.
  • Dean Lovelace Drive (Madden Hills) – Lovelace was a Dayton City Commissioner.
  • Martin Bayless Drive (Enroe Drive) – Bayless is a Dayton native who played in the NFL for 13 seasons for: St Louis Cardinals; Buffalo Bills; San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Washington Redskins. He is now a Director of Player Development and General Manager at Brevard College.

Anthony Wayne

There is a lot to learn about Anthony Wayne, and not all information can be put into one post. We highly recommend learning more about Anthony Wayne’s life.

Anthony Wayne was born January 1, 1745 in a log cabin in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Although his father wanted him to be a farmer, Anthony was charmed by his father’s stories of his time in the French and Indian War, and dreamed of being in the military. Anthony was educated as a surveyor and worked for Benjamin Franklin surveying land on Nova Scotia for a year. Anthony married Mary Penrose in 1766 and together they had two children, Margretta and Isaac. Wayne was a well-known philanderer, causing estrangement with his wife.

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General Richard Montgomery

When Sara realized that she had lived here her entire life, and didn’t know who Dayton was named after, she had the idea for Dayton Unknown. Yet it never occurred to us that we didn’t know who Montgomery County is named after until Bethany was at a stoplight one day and read the fun fact printed on the RTA bus next to her.

Happy Veterans Day!

A way to honor our local heroes this Veterans Day could be to check out this book by Ken Serey. Ken worked with blind and visually impaired people and through his work, he has heard many veterans stories over the years. He published a book of stories from Dayton area veteran residents, called What’s the Story?

The book available for purchase on Amazon and at the upcoming Wright Library Local Author Book Sale on December 10.

Author Talk at Dayton Metro Library – November 8th

This Spooky Season has given so many opportunities for Sara to share her book with everyone! This coming Tuesday, Sara is giving another author talk!

Event Page
Dayton Metro Library Main Branch
215 East Third Street
Dayton Ohio 45402
6:30pm – 8pm

As always, you can buy an autographed copy directly from Sara here!

You can also purchase at the following links:

Dayton and Ohio’s Supernatural Significances

It’s Spooky Season! In real estate, it’s all about “location location location”. Here in the Dayton area, we have plenty to add to our location:

  • Bellbrook is considered to be Ohio’s “Sleepy Hollow.”
  • Ohio is the 8th in the nation for UFO sightings, and Dayton is a significant city in UFO sightings.
  • Ohio is the 3rd in the nation for Bigfoot sightings.
  • Miamisburg holds the record for the most sightings of a ghost in one location.
  • Germantown is the “mecca for dogman sightings.”
  • Bellbrook is on the migratory path for Bigfoot.

Let us know if you have seen or experienced any of this! Sara is currently working on her next book, “Dayton Ghosts & Legends” and many of these stories will be in it!

Author Talks in West Carrollton and Bellbrook!

Sara is giving another author talk! Tis the season for Murder & Mayhem! Sara will be sharing her book with the book clubs at the West Carrollton Branch Library on Monday, October 17th, and the Winters-Bellbrook Community Library on October 18th!

Event Page
West Carrollton Branch Library
300 East Central Ave
West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
Monday, October 17th
7pm – 8:15pm

The Winters-Bellbrook Community Library event is semi-private – if you want to attend you’ll need to register here and have read the book and be ready to discuss the stories!

Event Page
Winters-Bellbrook Community Library
57 West Franklin Street
Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
Tuesday, October 18th
6:30 – 7:30pm

As always, you can buy an autographed copy directly from Sara here!

You can also purchase at the following links:

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