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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Citizens instrumental in bringing Dayton back from the abyss in the early 80s

Lessons provided in why and how to revitalize a community


November 21, 2019

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Main Street Revitalization took place in the 1980s.

DAYTON-"The importance of historic preservation cannot be overstated," said Marcene Hendrickson when she spoke at the Dayton Chamber Awards Banquet, on Nov. 7.

"It is not just about a way to save old stuff," she said. "It is a way to recycle sound building material, preserve the town's character and its neighborhood and provide a link between our past, and present, for future generations, as well as to promote tourism."

Hendrickson painted a sad picture of Dayton in the early 1980s.

She said there were empty buildings, in need of repair, all up and down Main Street. Farms had gotten bigger....

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