In January 1999, a supermarket opened in Dayton Valley
and has now become the nucleus of one of several Valley shopping complexes. Dayton Valley now boasts two medical complexes, two veterinary
clinics, numerous eateries, several casinos, gas stations, mechanics, and the other amenities of a modern community. New subdivisions,
five schools, a public library, a senior center, museums, churches, fire departments, an airstrip, industrial facilities, and business
areas reflect rapid change.
In the summer of 1999, Dayton celebrated the 150th
year since the first discovery of gold in Nevada, which occurred at the mouth of Gold Cañon in today's Old Town Dayton. Then, in May 2001,
Dayton celebrated the 150th anniversary of its settlement -- the oldest permanent settlement in the state of Nevada.
Old Town Dayton's Pike Street was once the Overland
Trail, which brought many thousands of immigrants westward in the 1840s and 1850s. Today Old Town retains its board sidewalks and homes,
shops, and eateries housed in buildings with origins in Dayton's historic past.
At the historic Dayton Museum in Old Town on
Shady Lane at Logan, young and old gather to review the town's unique history. The Museum was established by volunteers in the early
1980s in an 1865 school house. It contains memorabilia, quilts, and photographs from Dayton's history, including pioneers, prospectors
and miners, woodcutters, Native Americans, Chinese, Italians, ranching, railroading, the Sutro Tunnel and early Lyon County history.
The museum is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed in December, January, and February, depending on weather. The museum is also open by appointment. In May,
to celebrate Nevada Archaelogical Awareness and Historic Preservation month, the museum is open every day of the week.
For information or appointments, or to volunteer, call 775-246-3527 or 775-246-3256, or, email
Museum or Historian.
The Carson River - named for mountain man Kit Carson -
flows from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through Dayton and Dayton Valley, across the Lyon County desert, and sinks into the desert at the
Carson Sink. The river provides recreation, including canoeing, rafting, fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing along with swimming and
boating at Lahontan Reservoir.
This old compressor is an example of the mining reminders
that dot the landscape in the Dayton area.
Dayton enjoys four beautiful seasons, giving the area
a new look with each. Nonetheless, the typical weather is pleasant and moderate year around.
12 miles from the State Capitol - Carson City
40 miles from Reno and Reno/Tahoe Int'l Airport
45 miles from US Interstate 80
25 miles from Lake Tahoe
7 miles from historic Virginia City
Part of the Comstock National District, one of the nation's largest Historic Districts
Access to the mining and milling sites of the Comstock
On US Hwy 50, "the loneliest road in America"