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Celebrating 173 years of Dayton history

March 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am

The town we call Dayton today is 173 years old this year and to kick off another season of promoting and celebrating its history, the Historical Society of Dayton Valley announces the 2022 opening of the Dayton Museum on March 5 at 10 a.m.

And on March 16, another special event is planned at the HSDV General Membership meeting at 12:30 at the Dayton Community Center at 170 Pike Street in Old Town Dayton. These meetings are open to the public and it is a time for residents  to meet new people, learn about the Society and its role in preserving and promoting the role Dayton played in the settlement of Nevada, along with preserving its early culture . Refreshments will be served.

Lynne Ballatore, the HSDV president, invites everyone and  emphasizes there is no obligation. Ballatore announces that Helaine Morres, the guest speaker, Executive Director of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and fifth generation member  of the pioneer Harris family who settled in Dayton in 1861, will present the role her family played in Nevada history when they were prominent members of the community.

And VIP members, Phil Hanna, will receive the 2021 Gold Nugget award while Lee Brunell has earned the “Laura Tennant” award. These awards are presented to volunteer members who have gone beyond the call of duty throughout the year or years to help the HSDV preserve Dayton’s history. The awards are  usually presented at the Society’s Christmas dinner and awards night in December but CoVid changed the plans. As the saying goes, “it is better late than never.” Without members like Phil and Lee, the Society would not exist today.

The Dayton Museum

The Museum at 135 Shady Lane in Old Town Dayton is open on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Sundays with private tours available by appointment. The Museum is entirely managed by volunteers and thanks to our docents, admission is free. Donations are welcomed! Dayton history book sold here. Due to the CoVid scare, volunteer docents are needed and newcomers will be trained by the curator or staff members. For more information, please call Laura Tennant at 775-246-3256 or the Dayton Museum at 775-245-6316. Since the museum is not staffed full time, messages left there probably will not be answered immediately. Check out the HSDV new website at daytonnvhistory.com

Tidbit of Dayton history

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 5, Number 663, 9 May 1853 (from California Digital Newspaper Collection) Pack Train:

“A train of sixteen pack mules, belonging to Mr. Hall, passed through this place on Wednesday, destined for Gold Cañon, Carson Valley. They were loaded with dry-goods, groceries, boots, shoes, &c., for the miners in that region. The train goes by the way of the Johnson Cutoff. (Thank you to Linda Clements for this history.)

Dayton’s history of firsts in Nevada

  • Nevada’s gold discovery in 1849 where Dayton began
  • Gold Canyon named, 1850
  • Site of Nevada’ earliest permanent settlement,1850
  • First marriage and divorce, early 1850s
  • Woman diaries document Gold Canyon history, 1851, 1853
  • New year’s dance 1852-53
  • White childbirth, 1853 – thousands of immigrants passed through
  • First marriage and divorce, early 1850s
  • Chinatown Chinese built water ditch 1857
  • Officially named Dayton in 1861
  • Pony Express Station established in Dayton, 1861
  • Adolph Sutro  established mill on Carson River, 1861S
  • Lyon County seat, 1861
  • Comstock area milling trade center for commerce 1862-1870s
  • Mechanics of mining book dateline 1863


March 5, 2022
10:00 am
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Dayton Historical Society
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Dayton Museum
135 Shady Lane
Dayton, NV 89403 United States
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