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Why is Dayton Ohio called the Gem City?

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2007-08-25 19:33:00

Answer: The "Gem City" name is taken from the following quote

from the August 18, 1845 Daily Cincinnati Chronicle: "The most

indifferent observer will not fail to notice Dayton. The wide

streets, kept in such excellent order, the noble blocks of stores,

filled with choice, and, of course, cheap goods, and, more than

all, the exceeding beauty and neatness of the dwellings…It may be

fairly said…that Dayton is the gem of all our interior towns. It

possesses wealth, refinement, enterprise, and a beautiful


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