Dayton Museum – Dayton, Nevada

Dayton Museum - Dayton, Nevada.jpgDayton MuseumDayton, Nevada

Where was the first non-Indian settlement in Nevada?  According to this museums documentation it was right here in Dayton.  First settled in 1851 this community became the first permanent settlement in NevadaDayton boasts many other first too in Nevada history so come along, let’s learn about some of them and then go to the museum to learn even more!

Dayton was the first Chinatown and home of Lyon County’s first courthouse.  History shows that during the Gold Rush thousands of emigrants came west and when the snow on the Sierra Nevada made things impassable on their horses or in their wagons they set up camp in Dayton.  That led to a number of them making Dayton home. 

Take a self-guided tour of the oldest cemetery in Nevada, the Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot, the camel stables, the famed Oden Hall & Saloon, the Rock Point Mill, the jail and firehouse, the 1865 school house and many other interesting places.  Walk the streets where the Pony Express rode, where Wells Fargo stages arrived and brought with them more adventurists looking for a new life in the west.

Dayton also was the first discovery of gold in the “Silver State.”  While waiting to go to California to the gold fields Abner Blackburn took a bread knife and pie pan and went prospecting, his find?  Gold.

Nevada’s First Dance was also held in Dayton in 1852 attended by 9 women and 150 men!  The first marriage and first divorce were both in Dayton.  The marriage was in 1853 a young girl, who was motherless, of 14 was persuaded by a local miner to marry him while her father was out of town.  As soon as her father returned the marriage was undone!

The first non-Native-American birth happened in Dayton in 1853.  Laura Ellis and her husband James settled in Dayton Valley on a farm where Laura kept a daily journal, recording one of the States first historical documents.  In 1854 their son James was born, the first white child born in Nevada.

In 1856, Chinese laborers were imported to dig a water ditch from two miles west of town to Gold Canon.  At times 200 Chinese worked the placer claims in the canyon.  Portions of the Chinese Ditch are intact today, and one Chinese home remains as a Dayton business.

The first Nevada Quartz Mill was built in Dayton in 1861.  The remains of the Rock Point Mill can be visited in Dayton State Park along US Hwy 50E.

The Oldest Nevada Schoolhouse is still in its Original location where it was built in 1865.  Built as a one room schoolhouse it has now become the Dayton Museum.

Years later Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable were in the Misfits which was filmed in and around Dayton.  Later, Clint Eastwood also appeared in Dayton while filming Honkey Tonk Man.

Location: Shady Lane at Logan, Old Town Dayton, Nevada

Phone: 775-246-6316

Hours: Saturday 10-4

Sunday 1-4 and by appointment

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