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Galloway Cabin and other Historic Homes in Xenia

August 21, 2013
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Galloway Cabin and other Historic Homes in Xenia

The Galloway cabin is one of the oldest structures in Greene County, Ohio—indeed, one of the oldest in the Miami Valley. The cabin was built around 1799, when James Galloway, Sr., brought his wife Rebecca and his five children (4 sons and 1 daughter, also named Rebecca) to Greene County from Kentucky. Over the...
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Sweet Treats

May 9, 2013
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12. Do you have anything special planned for Mom? If not, we thought perhaps you might be inspired by these photographs of delicious sweet treats, many of which were made with love locally. The photos depict Esther Price Candies, Springwater Sweets, Charlie’s Imported Foods, and others. If you’re...
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Miami Conservancy District

April 14, 2013
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The greatest legacy to come from the 1913 Flood was the funding and creation of a flood protection system that has, since 1922, protected the Miami Valley from suffering such a horrific disaster again: the Miami Conservancy District. Designed by a young engineer named Arthur Morgan, the Miami Conservancy District project consisted of several levees, 5 dams,...
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Remembering the 1913 Flood

April 11, 2013
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Over the past 100 years, the 1913 Flood has long been remembered—both in general and on special milestone anniversaries. Shortly after the event, a rallying cry of “Remember the promises made in the attic” prompted residents to recall the horrible flood and contribute to a project for flood prevention. (Evidence of that successful campaign can...
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1913 Flood Aftermath

March 28, 2013
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Experiencing the actual flood portion of the Great 1913 Flood was a terrible ordeal in and of itself—the lack of access to supplies, food, and fresh drinking water; the cut-off in communications; the lack of heat due to broken utility lines and cold weather; and of course the lost lives. But after the waters receded, Miami...
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During the 1913 Flood

March 25, 2013
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The Great Flood of March 1913 was probably the worst disaster in Dayton’s history. It is therefore not surprising that the Dayton Daily News had a large “VIP” file on the subject, as we as many photographs, since the paper published many stories about those events over the past 100 years. In commemoration of...
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Miami-Erie Canal

March 4, 2013
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Miami-Erie Canal

The Miami and Erie Canal was constructed from 1825 to 1845 and connected the Ohio River at Cincinnati with Lake Erie near Toledo. The portion of the canal between Cincinnati and Dayton was completed in 1829. On January 25, 1829, the first two canal boats—the Gov. Brown (after Gov. Ethan A. Brown who had...
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Paul Laurence Dunbar House

February 20, 2013
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Paul Laurence Dunbar House

Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the most noteworthy African-American poets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He also was born and died in Dayton, Ohio, although he lived several other places in between. You can still visit Dunbar’s last home in Dayton—the same place where he died of tuberculosis on February 9,...
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New Carlisle

February 6, 2013
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What is now New Carlisle was first established as “York” in 1810; the name was later changed in New Carlisle in 1828. Today, it is a city of about 5,800 people. Located at the intersection of State Routes 235 and 571, New Carlisle is well-connected to larger, nearby cities such as Dayton and Springfield, but...
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Fairfield – Osborn – Fairborn

January 23, 2013
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Before there was Fairborn, Ohio, there were the neighboring towns of Fairfield and Osborn. The town of Osborn was located in the area more recently occupied by a gravel pit and the Skyborn drive-in theatre, just off OH-235. After the 1913 Flood, the Miami Conservancy District developed a series of dams for flood prevention, one of...
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