Chicken Bristle Road outside Farmersville is one of the many odd and interesting street names in the Dayton area.
Photo: Jim Noelker
Photo: Jim Noelker

10 of the best stories behind the area’s off-the-wall street names

The Dayton area has streets named after a former mayor, poets, presidents and an Olympic athlete.

Some streets have kept residents on their toes with transitions. For example, Timberlane has morphed into Timber Lane and Gypsy Drive changed into Gipsy Drive.

The city also has many off-the-wall street names, including Chicken Bristle Road, Gunckel Avenue and Specie Avenue. 

A few favorites include: 

Booher: Jesse Booher was born and raised in Dayton in the early 20th century. He worked as a saw filer and enjoyed ice skating. 

Cline: The road was once known as Zigzag Street because it ran parallel along an open ditch, but has since been straightened. 

Dotcom Drive: A relatively new street in Troy, the drive follows the Internet term. 

Eaker: Named after Belle Eaker, an unmarried woman who gave her home to the Y.M.C.A.

» MORE: From Chicken Bristle to Washington, every street has a story

Grinn Drive: Located in West Chester Twp., this street bisects Barrett Road, making the Grinn and Barrett intersection.  

Klee: John Klee was an early maker of soft drinks. 

Mary: Reuben Mumma, a florist whose business was located at the North Main Street and Ridge Avenue, named the first street running to the river for his wife Mary. 

Rip Rap Road: Located between Fishburg Road and Chambersburg Road, near the Great Miami River, the street is named after a stone used to protect shorelines from erosion. 

Shakertown: Named for Shakers, a religious group that had members in the Dayton area. 

Sweet Potato Ridge Road: Located in Brookville.

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