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Happy birthday, Trotwood. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the city’s history


Trotwood officially became a city on Feb. 13, 1971.

The history of Trotwood has included a Dickens character, recreational vehicles and a meaningful flag.

On Feb. 13, 1971, Trotwood was officially incorporated into a city. 

To honor that date, here are five little-known facts about the community’s history, according to the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce. 

Rest and relax. Amos Higgins, one of the first entrepreneurs in the city, built Higgins Station, a railway stop, tavern and inn that took advantage of the completion of the Greenville-Dayton railroad in 1854. 

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Named after a book character. Trotwood was named after a character, Aunt Betsey Trotwood, from Charles Dickens’ book, “David Copperfield.” Lewis F. Pfoutz applied for a post office franchise using the name Higgins Station but found that name had already been taken. Having just finished reading Dickens’ classic, he decided to use Trotwood. 

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Everyone loves a ‘canned ham.’ Trotwood Trailers, founded in 1932, was one of the first recreational vehicle manufacturers in the United States. The company was a leader in the industry producing some of the first side-door entry recreational vehicles as well as classic “Canned Ham” travel trailers. 

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Pointing to progress. A flag for the city was designed using five arrows symbolizing industry, business, housing, schools and farming to commemorate Trotwood officially becoming a city in 1971. 

Room to grow. In 1910, the village of Trotwood’s population was 348. In 1950, it hit 1,066 and by today’s date in 1971 the population was 6,997. In 1980, 7,802 residents lived in Trotwood, and according to the 2015 Census estimate, the population was 24,096.

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