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
The Dayton Museum at 135 Shady Lane in Old Town Dayton is open to the public on weekends, Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays, 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free. Private group tours of the Museum and around Old Town are available by appointment. Please call Laura Tennant at 775-246-3256 for more information.
Support historic preservation
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.
The burning of the historic 1881 Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot on June 17, 2020 was a sad day for Dayton, Nevada. The Historical Society of Dayton Valley is raising money to help rebuild the Depot and fulfilling the dream of making the corner lot the “Gateway to the Comstock.” Any donation will help make an impact. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us and the history of Dayton and Nevada.
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