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Dayton Proclaimed Official OST City

Document 9The City of Dayton was recently named an official Old Spanish Trail City by the Old Spanish Trail  (OST) Association. A presentation recognizing the designation was made at the OST Centennial Celebration Symposium held in downtown Houston at the Sam Houston Hotel.

 Chairperson Charlotte Kahl presented a certificate to Dayton Mayor Caroline Wadzeck certifying the city as an official OST city. 

 “We’re pleased to join the other cities along the route in celebrating the anniversary of this historic highway,” said Mayor Wadzeck. “It’s creation came from a great vision, and we’re proud that Dayton played a part in making cross-country travel possible for the average person.”

 To commemorate the project, the City of Dayton is planning a motorcade of antique and classic vehicles on Saturday, November 9, from 10 am - 3 pm.  Vehicles will travel from the Community Center to Liberty and back via  Hwy 90, which was originally the OST. Upon returning to the Community Center, the vehicles will be on display, along with food trucks and music, making for a family-friendly event.

The centennial celebration which began in 2015 will last until 2029 and commemorates the construction of the first paved automobile highway connecting the nations’ southern states from San Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California. Planning meetings for this monumental highway project began in 1915 with its construction taking place during the 1920s and its completion in 1929. In April 1929, the first motorcade ran from San Diego to St. Augustine and in October 1929, a return motorcade ran from St. Augustine back to San Diego. 

Construction began on Dayton’s portion of the OST Highway in 1923 with horses hitched to graders that were used to level the ground. Dayton’s portion was finished in April 1927. The Old Spanish Trail was officially designated State Highway 3 and changed to US. Highway 90 between 1931 and 1940.  

For more information on the event, or to request an application to participate in the motorcade, contact Patti Jett at 936,258,2642, ext. 1119, or by email at pjett@daytontx.us.

CONTACT: Patti Jett
Marketing & Communications Director
(936) 258-2642 ext. 1119 office
(832) 359-2302 cell