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West Milton, Ohio – Small Town Living

If you appreciate the type of hometown where neighbors still know their neighbors, West Milton is for you. With approximately 4600 residents, it’s your quintessential small town America.

West Milton is home of the “BULLDOGS” and no matter what the event, most of the town turns out. Per Wikipedia, The Bulldogs hold the most S.W.B.L. football titles with eighteen: 1948, 1952, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2006, 2007, 2012. They also hold a title in the Southwestern Rivers Conference in 1982. All titles were won as Milton-Union High School. Milton-Union has competed in the OHSAA Football Playoffs in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 making it to the Region 14 championship game in 2006 and the Region 16 championship game in 2012.

The new state of the art Milton Union schools are located on Milton Potsdam Rd and are campus style, housing grades K-12. The district is also one of the few in the Dayton area to be served by only one each of an elementary, junior high, and high school.

From the small businesses like Wertz Variety and Hardware, The Hen’s Nest, and Curry’s Video, to restaurants like The Little Brick House and Pearson House, the downtown area is a great place to spend a leisurely day. If you enjoy good music, Higgins-Madewell is local talent you’ll want to check out, they are a favorite.

West Milton sits along the Stillwater River Valley and has a lovely park for canoeing, fishing, local events such as the 4th of July fireworks, and play sets, shelters and a pond for children to enjoy.

One notable Miltonian is Bob Schul, who became an Olympian winning a Gold medal in Tokyo in 1964 for long distance running. Another is Miltonian Mike Kelly . He was the head football coach at the University of Dayton from 1981 to 2007. In 27 years as the head coach at Dayton, he compiled a record of 246–54–1. Kelly ranks among the top 25 college football coaches of all time in both winning percentage (.819) and wins (246). Among coaches with at least 25 years of experience, he has the fourth best winning percentage of all time. Also, take time to research Carl Brumbaugh, Howard E. Coffin, and Ted Studebaker.

If you learn about the history of West Milton, you’ll find it was settled by Quakers and was part of the Underground Railroad. The city park has an area dedicated to our war heroes, both past and present. Make a trip soon to visit. West Milton is approximately 15-20 minutes (over the river and through the woods) from access to I 75 north and south and I70 east and west.