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Dayton, Ohio

Dayton may not seem like a likely choice for a field trip, but the city has much to offer student travellers. Dayton was founded in 1796 by a group of American settlers at least 7 years before Ohio was allowed to join the Union. In 1805, the town itself was incorporated and named after John Dayton who was a Revolutionary War Captain. He was also one of the people who was asked to sign the United States Constitution. Dayton also played their part in World War II, they were involved with the Dayton Project. The Dayton project was where the Monsanto Chemical Company had created ways to make polonium that were used to light the triggers for the atomic bombs.

Dayton was again involved with war of sorts. The Dayton Peace Accords (or Dayton Agreement as it was once called) was an agreement or peace between the parties in the Bosnia - Herzegovina war. The parties negotiated peace from November 1, 1995 to November 21, 1995, these talks took place at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base. You can visit the Wright Patterson Air Force Base museum while here.

Carillon Historic ParkDayton has as much of a historical significance as any city did throughout history. One great site to see while in Dayton is the Civil War Memorial. Another is the Carillon Historic Park. This park is a 65 acre park in Dayton that has many historic buildings that displays and holds everything to do with the history of Dayton starting from 1796 to current times. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park - this museum highlights the careers of 3 aviation specialists, Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The United States Air Force Museum is located in Ohio as well.

If you want to see something very interesting on Main Street, Downtown you will see overhead a sculpture that actually plots the path of the Wright Brothers First Flight. There are many different things to see in Dayton, there is not much in the terms of historical monuments like Washington D.C or the Statue of Liberty, but there is still plenty to learn about through the Museums and the Archaeological Park.

You can take a walk through the historic neighborhoods of Wright Dunbar, Dayton View, South Park, Huffman and Webster Station. There are plenty of historical things to see in Museums and there is a lot to learn. But there are also fun things to do here as well. There are some great shops for shopping, great places to eat and if you are into sports then kids may enjoy the Dayton Dragons (baseball), Dayton Bombers (Ice Hockey), Dayton Jets (Basketball) and the Marshals (indoor football).

Students can learn a lot from Dayton as well as the surrounding cities, it may not seem like a likely field trip but a lot could be learned here. Read up on the city and learn more about the places of interest we have mentioned. Then make plans to visit Dayton, Ohio on your next outing.