May Historic Events
Final Lecture: Thursday, May 28
Don Dallas, School Life in the 1970s
Meeting Room of Dayton Valley Branch Library
320 Old Dayton Valley Road, Dayton
For more information call 775-246-3256 or 775-246-0505.
for Civil War Veteran
Pvt. Scott Carnal
Company K, 79th U.S. Colored Infantry
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2 PM
Dayton Cemetery (map)
In his life Scott Carnal went from slave to Union soldier to casualty to disabled veteran to miner, dying in Dayton on June 7, 1917.
In this ceremony of honor, respect, remembrance, and reflection we will honor Pvt. Carnal, and remember all of our veterans and departed.
Contributors include the Historical Society (as hosts), Nevada Civil War Volunteers, Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, Patriot Guard, Sons of Union Veterans of
the Civil War (Gen. Wm Passmore Carlin Camp 25), University of Nevada Cadet Band, and War Veterans Memorial Association of Western Nevada.
For more information contact Linda Clements (HSDV), 775-246-0505 or Cmdr. John Riggs (Camp 25),
A reception will follow at the Dayton Museum (Shady Lane at Logan). The public is invited and the event is free.
Donations Needed for our Annual Rummage Sale
Sale is on Friday and Saturday, June 12 & 13, but rummage is needed now!
Proceeds from this very important sale pay our insurance for the year! So please get those closets cleaned out, promise that lamp you
always hated a nice new home, and bring it all to us! Please, however, no TVs or computer equipment.
Contact Vicki, 775-246-9396, or Marty, 775-246-5266,
for drop-off times or to arrange pick-up.
General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 20, 12:30 p.m.
Dayton Valley Community Center
This is the opportunity for you to learn of our planned activities and offer your suggestions and ideas.
To find officers and other Board members please visit our Museum/Contacts page.
We meet at 12:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month except December. Newcomers and non-members are always welcome!
Come share our excitement about historic preservation,
historic education, and Old Town Dayton!
Next Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Dayton Valley Community Center
(Pike Street at Logan, Old Town Dayton)
The Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
All members are welcome to attend and offer input!
For more information contact President.
Visit our Museum:
Open Every Day in May!
Shady Lane at Logan, Old Town Dayton, 775-246-6316
Our normal open days are Saturdays and Sundays from early March to late November. However, to celebrate Nevada Historic
Preservation and Archaelogical Awareness month the museum will be open every day in May.
We are also always happy to open the museum for tours or special visits.
For more information and times please visit our Museum/Contacts page.
Admission is always free.
Request for Dayton history
Do you have documents or artifacts that are part of Dayton's history?
If your items would welcome a new home we can assure you that we will appreciate, care for, and preserve them.
However, we also understand that you may want to keep your historic items, but you can still help us. If you would scan or photocopy your
documents or take a photo of your historic artifact, you can send us the KNOWLEDGE these items preserve.
We also want histories---if your family has Dayton roots please send us your stories or contact us to set up an interview.
Contact Historian or Webmaster or call 775-246-3256 or 775-246-0505.
Your contribution may provide exactly what we need to understand one more piece of Dayton history!
Dayton's 1881 C&C RR Depot
Grant Received from Nevada Commission on Cultural Affairs
For more information email Railroad Working Group or call 775-246-0505 or 775-546-3725.
The depot is open for special events, or tours can be arranged by emailing Railroad Working Group,
or calling 775-246-0505 or 775-546-3725.
(Please see the Railroads page for more details on our depot.)
Dayton's Historic Firehouse/Jail
For more information or tours of Dayton's Firehouse/Jail---another historic building under the stewardship of the Historical Society of Dayton
Valley, email Firehouse/Jail Docent or call 775-246-4457.
ANNUAL EVENTS OF AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY
Growing rapidly and becoming a modern community,
today's Dayton is nonetheless filled with and rooted in the remarkable history of its past. Many of the regular and special events
of the Dayton area are based on its history and/or occur in historic Old Town Dayton.
May is set by the State Historic Preservation Office as
Nevada's Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month. Each May our Society offers a variety of lectures, tours, and
related events to celebrate our rich past.
This year our celebration began early, on April 23, and continues through the end of May.
As part of the celebration we keep the Museum open every day.
Please see details above and join us for this annual opportunity to learn more of Dayton's past.
From April 1860 to October 1861, the Pony Express
delivered mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California in half the time required by stagecoach. 2010 marked its 150th anniversary.|
The annual re-ride passes through Old Town Dayton each year in the second week of June.
In 2015 the re-ride moves from east to west, leaving from St. Joseph,
Missouri on June 15th and passing through Old Town Dayton late June 22nd or early June 23rd, on the way to Sacramento on June 25th.
For more information on the annual reride see the website of the Nevada Division of the National Pony Express
or the re-ride link on the National website.
The annual Oodles of Noodles pasta cook-off
is held in Old Town Dayton in early summer. Sponsored by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the event features pasta chefs and a craft fair.
Confederate Civil War Volunteers prepare to fire their
cannon while participating in one of the Civil War encampments held each Memorial Day weekend and in October at
Ft. Churchill State Historic Park, located 25 miles east of Dayton.
he fort was built in 1860 during Indian uprisings and is both historically
interesting and very scenic. (Bring your camera!)
For information on the park go to Fort Churchill.
For information on the encampments call 775-577-4880 (Buckland Station at Fort Churchill) or 775-577-2345 (Fort Churchill).
Dayton Valley Days is held annually in Old Town Dayton
on the third weekend of September. It includes a parade, a huge craft fair, entertainment, old-fashioned contests, an art show,
a silent auction, and much, much more. As many as 20,000 people attend over the two days.
or more information on Dayton Valley Days and applications for vendors go to the
Dayton Valley Days website, call 775-246-3378
or email Dayton Valley Days.
In 2015 for the third year the Historical Society's
Dayton Railroad Days will be co-located with Dayton Valley Days, on
Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th. For more information on Dayton Railroad Days email
Railroad Working Group or call 775-246-0505.
Haunted Hayride: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return!
Each Nevada Day the pioneeers of Old Town
Dayton return, recreated by volunteers from the Historical Society of Dayton Valley for Nevada Day, celebrated on the last Friday
in October. In 2015 the event will be on Thursday, October 30, celebrating Dayton's unique position in Nevada history as both the site of
Nevada's first gold discover, its first settlement, and the site of many other Nevada firsts. Again in 2015 we will offer a free hayride to meet
the ghosts of the past---suitable for all ages---plus old fashioned games for the kids and light refreshments.Costumes are encouraged, for both
children and adults! Come have fun with us and learn a little Dayton history as you do!
New ghostly pioneers, children or adults, are always welcome. Call us if you would like to choose your character, or research one for yourself,
and join us! For more information on the Ghostly Pioneers call 775-246-9396 or Hayride chair.
WebPage Archive - Past Events
March 2015: Women Who Made a Difference
Oct. 2014: Haunted Hayride 2014
Sept. 2014: Dayton Railroad Days 2014
Aug. 16, 2014: Needlework Class
June 18, 2014: Bruce Rettig, Dayton's New Tourist Kiosk!
June 2014: Annual Rummage Sale
May 2014: The Life of a Union Soldier
May 2014: Discover Gold in Dayton, Again!
April 2014: Bob Nylen on Nevada's Judge Clark Guild
March 2014: Ron Bell, Pony Express storyteller
Feb. 2014: Guy Rocha, Separating Historical Fact from Fiction
Oct. 2013: Hayride into Statehood!
Sept. 2013: Dayton Railroad Days
June 2013: HSDV Rummage Sale
Oct. 2012: Ghost Walk
Aug. 2012: Dayton Railroad Days
July 24, 2012: 7 (days) 24 (hours) 12 (months) -
Tribute to Lyon County's First Responders
June 2012: Annual Rummage Sale
May 2012: Historic Lecture Series
May 2012: Celebrating our Silver Anniversary
Oct. 2011: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return!
June 2011: Annual Rummage Sale
May 2011: Historic Lecture Series
April 2011: Railroad Jamboree
Oct. 2010: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return
Sept. 2010: Dayton Valley Days
and Misfits performance
Aug. 2010: HSDV wins Blue Ribbon for Best Display at 2010 Nevada Territory Wild West Fair!
June 2010: Annual Rummage Sale
June 2010: 150th anniversary of the Pony Express
May 2010: Historic Lecture Series
April 2010: Railroad Jamboree
July 2009: Celebration of the Depot as a Residence
July 2009: Gold Discovery Celebration -- 160th anniversary
June 2009: Annual Rummage Sale
May 2009: Historic Lecture Series
April 2009: Tribute to the Carson & Colorado Railroad
Oct. 2008: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return...Again and Again!
Sept. 2008: Dayton Valley Days
Living History---Henry M. Yerington wants you!
May 2008: Historic Lecture Series,
Walking Tour, Oodles of Noodles
Oct. 2007: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return...Again!
Sept. 2007: Remembering Mervin C. Johnson
and the pioneering Johnson family
Sept. 2007: Dayton Valley Days
May 2007: Historic Lecture Series,
Tour, and Opening of the "Gateway to the Comstock"
Oct. 2006: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return!
May 2001: Founders Day Celebration
April-May 2001: The "Great Debate" and Founder's Day Lecture Series
Sept. 2000: Dayton Valley Days
July 1999: Sesquicentennial of Nevada's First Gold Discovery