Dayton Cemetery

Lyon County

"Here's a cemetery with many many great stories to tell. It's no surprise that the Dayton cemetery is a significant one here in western Nevada, and might even rank up there as one of the largest in Nevada. You have to want to find yourself here. There's no way one can accidentally "stumble" upon this place. #233 conquered." -- Journal Entry, July 2007

At the entrance to the Dayton Cemetery -- Dayton
* From US 50, head north on Main Street to Cemetery Road. Continue northwest to the pavement's end *

Original Date Visited: 7/8/07

Signed: No

  • [233] Marker 233 and the Dayton Cemetery
  • [233] Marker 233 plaque
  • [233] Heres to another marker with a view!
  • [233] This is one of the oldest cemeteries in the state
  • [233] Marker 233

Exact Description:
Founded in 1851, this is one of the oldest constantly maintained cemeteries in the State of Nevada. The trail to the Mother Lode passed directly in front and the wagon tracks can still be seen with careful observation.

James Finney (Ole Virginie) after whom Virginia City is named is buried here. The known names are primarily Italian as this ethnic group has predominated down through Dayton's early history. Recognizing the potential of the land and the irrigating value of the Carson River, the Italians made this area the breadbasket for the Comstock.

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