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Dayton

Many original buildings still stand in one of the city's first communities, now known as the Oregon Historic District. This 12-block area is bordered by E. 5th Street, Wayne Avenue, US 35 and S. Patterson Boulevard.

Dayton was the home of the Wright brothers. Both are buried at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, 118 Woodland Ave.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, contiguous to Dayton and Fairborn, is headquarters of the Air Force Material Command, the acquisition, procurement, maintenance, transportation and supply agency for the U.S. Air Force. It also is the home of the Air Force Institute of Technology, the service's graduate school for engineers.

Courthouse Square , at 3rd and Main streets, is the center of downtown and the site of many events such as concerts and impromptu entertainment. At 130 Riverside Dr. is the Ohio Korean War Memorial and Veterans Walkway.

Dayton is the home of 17,000-student Wright State University as well as the University of Dayton. The Cincinnati Reds' Class A minor league team, the Dayton Dragons, play at Fifth Third Field.

Downtown Dayton features RiverScape MetroPark, an attractively landscaped park with gardens and reflecting pools. A host of activities such as free summer concerts, fitness programs, community festivals and family walks take place in the park. Bicycles and kayaks can be rented as well. In winter visitors can skate on an outdoor ice-skating rink, enjoy festive light displays and partake in other family activities.

Additional opportunities in the area include bicycling and hiking on the more than 330 paved miles of Miami Valley Bikeways. For information about local parks contact Five Rivers MetroParks at (937) 275-7275.

Visitor Centers

Dayton and Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau 1 Chamber Plaza Suite A Dayton, OH 45402-2400. Phone:(937)226-8211 or (800)221-8235The visitor center is in the Dayton Convention Center at jct. 5th and Main sts.

Shopping

At the intersection of E. Second and Webster streets is the National City 2nd Street Market, which operates out of an early 20th-century building that once was a railroad freight warehouse. Vendors sell a large variety of items, including baked goods, produce, meat, flowers and handmade and imported goods. The market is open Thurs.-Fri. 11-3 and Sat. 8-3; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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