2018 SIA Fall Tour - Dayton, Ohio

2018 SIA Fall Tour – Dayton, Ohio

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Writing in the wake of the infamous Easter Day flood of the Great Miami River of 1913, the Boston Evening Transcript called Dayton the “City of a Thousand Factories.” Among the most famous manufacturers were the railway builders Barney & Smith Car Company, the internationally renowned National Cash Register (NCR), and a host of automobile component manufacturers. While natural disasters like the flood and corporate takeovers have adversely affected the operations of the city’s remarkable industrial heritage, significant elements of that history remain for touring within the city and to the north along the I-75 corridor. Of particular importance for this year’s Society for Industrial Archeology Fall Tour are historic elements relating to Dayton as the home of the aviation industry through its connection with the Wright brothers. Today Dayton is best known as the home to the National Museum of the US Air Force, and multiple opportunities to visit it are being planned for conference registrants.

Caption for photo above: Employees of the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company stand on the wings of the Dayton-Wright RB-1. Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University.


The Dayton International Airport is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, and United Airlines. The Crowne Plaza offers a free airport shuttle service. Call 937-224-0800 to arrange a pickup.


Crowne Plaza Dayton
33 East Fifth Street
Dayton, OH 45402

Phone: 937-224-0800

The Crowne Plaza Dayton is located in downtown and is only a short walk from the Oregon Historic District with its trendy shopping, bars, and restaurants. It is within walking distance of the reused Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) Steam Plant, site of the tour’s Thursday evening opening reception.  The hotel is a full-service hotel with free Wi-Fi and a fitness room.  A restaurant on the top floor serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner  from 6:30 am to 11 pm.

Follow the link below for the SIA Fall Tour room rate of $121 per night (plus taxes and fees, based on double occupancy).


Online Group Code: SIA

Hotel room rate is available between 9/26 and 9/30. Complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, and fitness room are available. On-site restaurant is available from 6:30 AM to 11 PM. Request the Society for Industrial Archeology Group Rate when calling to make reservations.



Follow this Link for Tour Site Descriptions

Thursday, September 27

Optional Tour (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Opening Reception, Dayton Power & Light Steam Plant (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Friday, September 28

(Breakfast 6:45 – 7:45 a.m.)

Tour A (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Tour B (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)        

Saturday, September 29 (8 a.m – 9 p.m. (including tours & banquet))

(Breakfast 6:45 – 7:45 a.m.)

Closing Banquet & Tour at Staley Mill Farm & Indian Creek Distillery

Please note the tour bus will proceed directly from the Air Force Museum to the Staley Mill Farm without stopping at the tour hotel.

Sunday, September 30

Optional Tours on Your Own

Independent IA Touring

Dayton offers sites of IA and historic interest beyond those formally included in the Fall Tour. These include:

Please note this schedule has been updated since it was printed in the Fall Tour brochures that were mailed to SIA members. Tour schedules are subject to change.

Aerial view of the Museum of the United States Air Force.

Birds-eye view of Dayton, Ohio, ca. 1870. Note industrial facilities depicted along the bottom of the drawing. Image source: Library of Congress.

The tool department at National Cash Register, ca. 1902. Image source: Library of Congress.

Worker housing for National Cash Register, 1896. Image source: Library of Congress.

Top photo: Side view of Wilbur Wright gliding in level flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Image Source: Library of Congress.