There is no known "official" history of Darrtown. The best we have to work with are the Darrtown-related articles, journals, and/or stories that are handed down from one generation to the next. This "History" section of provides an unofficial, well-intentioned, collection of such information.


Some items, in this website, conflict with others; such is the lot of those who attempt to capture history. We gather as many pieces of the puzzle as we can, position them to the best of our ability, and a more accurate record of the past gradually evolves.


If you have information that enriches this collection of Darrtown-related history and/or makes it more accurate, please contact the Webmaster.

"History never looks like history,

when you are living through it."

John W. Gardner (1933-1982)

Darrtown Bus Line

A bus line ran through Darrtown in the late 1920’s and early 1930's. Local residents could ride the bus north to Richmond, Indiana and south to Hamilton, Ohio…and, make connections to many points beyond. The existence of this service has been confirmed in diaries maintained by Darrtown resident, Mr. L.A Miller. Examples of such confirmation are provided below.




  • Apr. 26: I left for Columbus, O. from Collinsville, O. at 1:45 bus to Eaton, O.
  • June 3: … We made the trip to Columbus, O. with Mr. Shortle, Ben Beckly, Geo. Nichol & Robbins. Got knocked out before the Public U. Comm – on error. But, threw our forces to other parties in a joint suit for a franchise to run a bus from Hamilton, O. to  Oxford, O.
  • Nov. 19: I went to Hamilton on the bus and transacted some business. I got back on the 4:38 PM, in time to do chores.
  • Dec. 17: Grandson and I took bus to Hamilton, O. As soon as a pair of high-top shoes were secured, he was ready to take the next bus back home. I put him on the 12:35 PM.




  • Jan. 14: … I went to Oxford this PM on biz. on bus.
  • Jan. 22: … The men, Arnold Miller, my son, and Pin [?] Long worked all day on line above town… Long was not looking well, but did not complain … He came up on bus and took 8 PM bus for home (Hamilton, O.).
  • Jan. 31: I went to Hamilton on the bus to attend to some business.
  • Feb. 25: … The youngsters got off on the bus for Cinti. O.
  • Mar. 10: I went to Oxford on a biz and shopping trip. Took 11 AM bus.




  • Dec. 9: Our new bus line is operating from Hamilton, O. to Richmond, Ind. Making three (3) round trips each day. It now carries light freight, as well as passengers (light & heavy). Fare from Darrtown to Hamilton 25¢ each way.

Excerpts from Mr. Miller’s diaries may be accessed at:


The bus shown in the image above is an example of a 1920’s bus.

We do not possess any photos of the actual buses that served Darrtown.


At this time (February 2018), we do not know if bus service

was available  before or after the 1920s and 1930s time period that is verified here.

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