Events: Historical Society of Dayton Valley (Nevada)

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Dayton Railroad Days!
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 20 & 21

in conjunction with Dayton Valley Days.
Dayton's 1881 C&C Railroad Depot
Hwy. 50E at Main Street
Sat.: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please join us for lots of family fun---and fun for adults, too.
Ride the speeder. Learn depot history. Enjoy games for kids. Operate a locomotive with our virtual railroad simulator (for kids of all ages). Relax in the shade at our "End of the Trail Saloon" with old-fashioned food and beer, wine, and drinks for all ages. Listen to old-time music. Shop for railroad items.
All but food, beverages, and merchandise are free! (Donations are always appreciated!)
For more inforation email Railroad Working Group or call 775-546-3725 or 775-246-0505.

Next Railroad Group Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m.

Dayton Valley Community Center
(Pike Street at Logan, Old Town Dayton)
Interested parties of all ages welcome. No experience necessary!
Right now we are working on Railroad Days so are meeting every week. We'd love to have your input on Railroad Days, or on our restoration of our 1881 depot or our 1888 narrow-gauge boxcar.
Please attend a meeting, email Railroad Working Group, or call 775-546-3725 or 775-246-0505.

Back to stay! Our "regular" daytime
General Membership Meeting
Wed., Sept. 17, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Dayton Valley Community Center
As voted by the members in the July general meeting, we will once again be having monthly general membership meetings, where we will discuss and make decisions on the current issues affecting the Historical Society.
We meet at 12:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month except December. Newcomers and non-members are always welcome!
The September meeting is important since nominations for next year's officers and directors will open at this meeting. (The nominations will be closed after our October meeting while nominations for our annual awards will occur in October.)
For more information on the election process
click on Election Procedure.
Come share our excitement about historic preservation,
historic education, and Old Town Dayton!

For more information contact President.

Hayride into History (Oct. 30)
Planning Meeting

Wed., Sept. 24, 1:00 p.m.
Dayton Valley Community Center
(Pike Street at Logan, Old Town Dayton)
This is your chance to help us plan our Hayride into History, which this year will be held in the evening of Thur., Oct. 30, in Old Town Dayton. If you cannot attend but would like to offer suggestions, or would like to attend an evening meeting, please email Linda or call 775-246-0505.
All members are welcome to attend and/or offer input!

Next Board of Directors Meeting
Wed., October 8, 2014, 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!
(Shady Lane at Logan, Old Town Dayton, 775-246-6316)
Our regular museum hours are:
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum is also open by appointment year round.
Admission is always free.
For information or appointments, or to volunteer, call 775-246-3527 or 775-410-7887, or email Museum or Historian.

Grant received from Nevada Commission on Cultural Affairs for
Restoration of Dayton's Historic 1881 Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot!

The Historical Society of Dayton Valley, as stewards for Lyon County for Dayton's 1881 Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot, has received a grant to begin the restoration of depot. The project is now beginning. The goal of the project is to return our historic 1881 depot to its original appearance and make it Dayton's "Gateway to the Comstock." Our depot is one of only three remaining original 1880s C&C passenger depots and the only one in Nevada. After restoration it will be the only C&C depot returned to original 1880s appearance.

We are also researching and preparing to restore our 1888 narrow-gauge boxcar, SP 84.

We would love to have you in our Railroad Working Group! We did a lot of work for Railroad Days and that will continue! If you want to join us, help research or plan either restoration, and/or help with clean-up, donations, or any other aspects of the project---or just want more information---please attend a monthly meeting (see above), email Railroad Working Group, 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.


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.

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 2013 the re-ride moved from east to west, leaving from St. Joseph, Missouri on June 17th and passing through Old Town Dayton in the early on June 26, on the way to Sacramento on June 27th.
For more information on the annual reride see the website of the Nevada Division of the National Pony Express.

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 from both amateur and professional cooks, as well as a craft fair.
In 2014 the celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22. For more information contact the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce or call 775-246-7909.
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.
The 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.
In 2014 the Historical Society's Dayton Railroad Days will, for the second year, be co-located with Dayton Valley Days, on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21. For more information on Dayton Railroad Days email Railroad Working Group or call 775-246-0505.
For 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.

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. Nevada Day, celebrated on the last Friday in October. The event was celebrated on Friday, October 25 in 2013, starting Nevada's 150th Anniversary of Statehood Celebration with a free "Hayride Into Statehood" to celebrate Dayton's unique position in the Nevada's journey from gold discovery to first settlement to statehood. There was history and refreshments, and fun for the whole family. Kids played old fashioned games and families toured Old Town and met the ghosts of the past.

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 email.

WebPage Archive - Past Events

August 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

February 2014: Guy Rocha, Separating Historical Fact from Fiction

October 2013: Hayride into Statehood!

September 2013: Dayton Railroad Days

June 2013: HSDV Rummage Sale

May 2013: Historic Lecture Series

October 2012: Ghost Walk

August 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

HSDV wins Blue Ribbon for Best Display at 2010 Nevada Territory Wild West Fair!

Oct. 2010: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return...The Time Has Come Again!

September 2010: Dayton Valley Days
and Misfits performance

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!

September 2008: Dayton Valley Days
Living History---Henry M. Yerington wants you!

May 2008: Historic Lecture Series,
Walking Tour, Oodles of Noodles

October 2007: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return...Again!

September 2007: Remembering Mervin C. Johnson
and the pioneering Johnson family

September 2007: Dayton Valley Days

May 2007: Historic Lecture Series,
Tour, and Opening of the "Gateway to the Comstock"

October 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

September 2000: Dayton Valley Days

July 1999: Sesquicentennial of Nevada's First Gold Discovery

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