"Oh! Here's one you can read right out your car window ... as you're waiting for the light to change at the only stoplight in town. Or, you can walk right up to it from behind as you're pumping gas at the Chevron! One of Nevada's oldest communities, symbolized at an inconspicuous location." -- Journal Entry, May 2007
Original Date Visited: 5/30/07
Signed: Both lanes of US 50
Date dedicated: April 1994
Dayton, one of the earliest settlements in Nevada was first known as a stopping place on the river for California-bound pioneers. Coming in from the desert they rested here before continuing westward.
In 1849, gold was found at the mouth of Gold Canyon and prospecting began in the canyons to the west. This led to the discovery of the fabulous ore deposits at Gold Hill and Virginia City in 1859.
Called by several different names in its early years, the place became Dayton in 1861, named in honor of John Day who laid out the town.
For many decades Dayton prospered as a mill and trading center and remained the county seat for Lyon County until 1911.
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