The Dayton Tire and Rubber Conservation Grassland. Formerly the Dayton Tire and Rubber Plant, now the area has been transformed into a grassland.
The former Dayton Tire and Rubber factory was located at the corner of West Riverview Avenue and Rosedale Drive. The plant produced the “Dayton” model of tire. This tire was one of the top models to own in the United States during its time. There is a parking lot currently located north of the railroad tracks. Another parking lot was located north of West Riverview Avenue. Wolf Creek runs East and West along the southern border of this site. The creek served as a dumping ground for the factory for many years. Sometime during the 1980s, company officials abruptly shut the factory down. Over the next several years, vandals and looters damaged the factory and its contents and stole items from the building. Copper was a high priority for looters as they would open machine transformer boxes and take the copper. When opening the boxes, a hazardous cooling liquid would be released. The liquid either stayed on the concrete or leaked through the cracks into the earth. The city of Dayton has made several attempts to redevelop this site with no success. Currently, the site sits empty with prairie grass (Gillispie 2012).
Gillispie, W. (2012, November 13). Interview by Zach Moore and Brian Arnold. [Personal Interview]. Dayton Tire & Rubber.