You don’t have to travel to exotic places to take a walk on a canal! In downtown Dayton, where walking is a way of life for urban dwellers (such as at Patterson Place), you can take a stroll on a portion of the old Miami-Erie Canal and discover a significant part of Dayton’s rich history.
In the early 1800’s, canals were vital to product distribution. In Ohio a large network of canals and locks were created to link the Ohio River at the south end of the state to Lake Erie at the north end of the state. By 1830 this complete network of transportation and distribution was a thriving enterprise in Dayton. The 1850’s brought the railroads which ultimately put the canal boats out of business. However, our canals in Dayton were still in use until the infamous 1913 flood. The massive damage from this flood left our canals in ruin and consequently ended their use. As the automobile became the way to travel, the canals were filled up to make roadways.
Our canal in Dayton became Patterson Boulevard (named after the founder of Dayton’s National Cash Register, NCR). Today, Patterson Boulevard in downtown Dayton, between 2nd and 5th Streets, is lined with green and white striped pylons loaded with photos and information about when the canals were the primary method of transporting products. Displayed at the top of each is a canal boat sculpture! A walk on the canal along Patterson Boulevard in downtown Dayton is a not-to-be-missed experience!
At Patterson Place in downtown Dayton, a Charles Simms Development, we have our own distinctive presence along Patterson Boulevard. Our beautiful, new townhomes sit near what was once a bustling canal. Replacing the sights and sounds of canal boats plying the waterways, Patterson Place residents can see, walk to, and enjoy the festivals, water sports (including ice skating!), and live music at RiverScape on the Great Miami River. To take in the scenes of a ball game, a few steps in the other direction is Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons. And, the newly completed Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway Project makes it easy and enjoyable for urban residents to walk to all the things to see and do in the Oregon District.
Imagine living in a brand new, affordable, and efficient townhome in the heart of Dayton’s rich downtown history! Stop by the Patterson Place model at 218 Keelboat Court to see the latest in stylish, high quality urban living. Model home hours are: Mon-Thurs, 12-6, Fri, Sat, Sun, 12-5. Contact Sharon at 937-772-1365 or visit simmsdev.com for more information about joining the new wave of people buying new homes in downtown Dayton.
Be sure to include enough time for the historic canal walk down Patterson Boulevard!
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