By Steve Bennish
Leon’s Dayton gems
- Q: Why is Dayton sometimes referred to as the Gem City?
- A: No firm agreement there, but one theory is a 19th century newspaper reporter fawned over Dayton by calling it “a gem of all our interior towns.” Others visualized the city’s location among its river ways as similar to a gem placed in a jewelry setting.
- Q: What is the history of gypsies in Dayton?
- A: A large number of gypsies moved to Dayton in the 19th century from England, making the city for a time a center of gypsy culture in the U.S. The burial of gypsy queen Matilda Stanley drew 20,000 to town and New York Times coverage. A plot in Woodland Cemetery, and family members, are still here. There’s a “Gipsy” Drive and a “Nomad” Drive here where they used to live.
- Q: How wild were the psychedelic 1960s in Dayton?
- A: Let’s just say downtown was filled with many sights and sounds, including one drinking establishment with a rowdy reputation and the irresistible name, “The Burning Stump.”
How to go:
- Cost: A walk is $10.
- Length: Tours are three hours long, with scheduled breaks, including an hour for lunch. Advance reservations are required. Groups are welcome.
- Contact: Individuals and groups who want to be on a walk should email Bey at email@example.com or call (937)274-4749