Gateway to the Comstock
Welcome to Dayton’s Golden History. Nestled in a fertile valley east of Carson City, Dayton is an oasis in western Nevada’s high-desert country. Dayton is the earliest settlement in the state, originating with prospectors and settlers attracted by gold and by the Carson River that runs through the valley.
UPDATE: VISITING DAYTON HISTORIC SITES
Outdoor historical sites in the town of Dayton and Dayton Valley are OPEN. The Dayton Museum is temporarily closed. This website provides the latest updates so please check back often.
Historical Society of Dayton Valley
P.O. Box 485
Dayton, Nevada 89403
Museum temporarily closed.
Historic buildings in
Downtown Dayton are
open for outdoor viewing
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The Historical Society of Dayton Valley is a non profit 501(c)3 organization founded and run by volunteers. No previous experience is required. The Society is responsible not only for the historic schoolhouse/museum but also for the historic Dayton firehouse and 1860s jail, which currently is open for special events or by appointment. In partnership with Lyon County we have also acquired and are beginning to restore Dayton’s 1881 Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot (at Main St. and Hwy 50E). It is one of only three such depots still in existence and the only one in Nevada.