- Historical Society
of Dayton Valley
Current Historical Society Events
The Dayton Museum is Open!
(Shady Lane at Logan, Old Town Dayton, 775-246-6316)
After our annual winter break our museum opened for 2014 on Sat., March 1, and will now be open on weekends until December.
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.
In May the museum is also open during the week,
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon. through Fri.
For information or appointments, or to volunteer, call 775-246-3527 or 775-410-7887, or email
Museum or Historian.
Return of 1800s Dayton
Sat., May 17, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Town Dayton
As part of the State of Nevada's Celebration of its 150th year of statehood the Historical Society of Dayton Valley will bring Old Town
Dayton back to life for one day on May 17. On that one day Old Town will come back to life as a town of the 1800s---offering songs, games, costumes, professions,
skills, and life of 100 or more years ago.
Come in costume---or not---and join us! If you have skills, songs, games, or activities from 100 years ago, please contribute them! For more information
email Laura or Mabel or call 775-246-4457, 775-246-3256, or 775-721-3080.
Next Board of Directors Meeting
Wed., March 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Dayton Community Center
(Pike Street at Logan, Old Town Dayton)
The Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Board agenda.
All members are welcome to attend and offer input!
Next HSDV General Meeting
Wed., March 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Dayton Community Center
(Pike Street at Logan, Old Town Dayton)
Ron Bell, President, Nevada Pony Express Assn.
7:00 p.m. ~ Meet & Greet / Refreshments
7:20 p.m. ~ Brief business meeting
7:35 p.m. ~ Guest Speaker
8:30 p.m. ~ Adjourn
[Note new time to better accommodate working members and guests!]
Come share our excitement about historic preservation
and Old Town Dayton!
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month except December.
Newcomers and non-members are always welcome!
Next Railroad Group Meeting
Tuesday, April 1, 6 p.m.
Dayton Community Center
We would LOVE to have you join us to work on railroad projects.
Please attend a monthly meeting, email
Railroad Working Group Head, or call 775-546-3725 or 775-246-0505.
Interested parties of all ages welcome. No experience necessary!
Restoration of Dayton's Historic 1881 Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot
Our ongoing depot restoration project will 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 restoring our "new" 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 Member, call 775-246-9419 or 775-246-0505.
The depot is open for special events, or tours can be arranged by emailing Working Group Member,
or calling 775-246-9419 or 775-246-0505,
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.
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
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.
In 2013 the celebration was held Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21. For more information contact the
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce or call 775-246-7909.
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.
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).
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.
In 2013 the Historical Society's Dayton Railroad Days was co-located with Dayton Valley Days, on
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. For more information on Dayton Railroad Days email
Working Group Member or call 775-246-0505.
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.
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
February 2014: Guy Rocha on 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