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Dayton in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Nevada Added Station

In Search of the Pony Express - Station Marker

 
 
Nevada Added Station Marker (Obverse) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
1. Nevada Added Station Marker (Obverse)
Inscription.
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Dedicated September 15, 2001
NEVADA
Added Station
Jul. 1, 1861 - Nov. 20, 1861
By
Bennetts Family
James Stretesky
Dayton Historic Society
Don, Nancy, Jody & Jeff Dallas
Robert & Rae Marie Foster Family
Pony Express Trail Association

{Reverse:}
Dayton in 1860 was called Chinatown. By the start of 1861 it was known as Nevada or Nevada City. The name of Nevada was used on the United States Postmaster General's and the Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company's (The Pony Express Company) schedules.

The original Pony Express route went through here but it was not an original stop. By July 1, 1861 this site was used by the Pony Express and the Overland Stagecoach. The site is directly across the street. An original rock wall of the station can still be seen. On November 20, 1861 the Pony Express made its last mail delivery. This was due to the completion of the transcontinental telegraph line that also passed here.

At a meeting on November 8, 1861 the name Dayton was adopted by its citizens.

2001 Joe Nardone
 
Erected 2001 by Pony Express Trail Association and others (see marker text).
 
Marker series.
Nevada Added Station Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
2. Nevada Added Station Marker (Reverse)
This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 14.175′ N, 119° 35.444′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and Pike Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 West Main Street, Dayton NV 89403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Hotel & Post Office (a few steps from this marker); Odeon Saloon - Billiard Parlour Dayton Lodge No. 5 I.O.O.F. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Truckee (about 400 feet away); Dayton (about 400 feet away); Chinatown (about 400 feet away); Hall's Station (about 500 feet away); Camels in Dayton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the corner of the parking lot for the Gold Canyon Steak House.


Along the front and rear of the base, the following sponsors are named: Doug & Mike Brown Family; Minor Ranch; Ray & May Walmsley Family; Quilici Ranch; Camille & Victoria Pradere; Bill & Cheri Rogers; Mike & Barbara Pradere; Bonnie & Joe France - Gold Canyon
Remnant wall of Pony Express remount station image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
3. Remnant wall of Pony Express remount station
Mentioned on the marker, this remnant stone wall, situated between two wooden buildings, is all that remains of the Pony Express remount station in Dayton.
Steak House; Holm & Whitfield Family and Connie's Copy Place; Stony & Laura Tennant Family and Brantingham Family; Beatrice Walmsley Wilson; Ricci Family; Joe, Donna, & Amanda Sbragia; Ed & Judy Harte; Oehler and Osterblom Families; Michael A. Butler; Meggerson-Sommers Family; Lori Walmsley Hill; Larry & Nancy McPherson; Larry & Roxie Paine; Steven and Johnye Saylor; Johnd & Gay Winters; The Leader-Courier; Barbara Pick & Family.
 
Also see . . .  Dayton Pony Express Station. The XP Pony Express Station page for the Dayton station. (Submitted on April 13, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Communications
 
Pony Express Rider - By A. Phimister Proctor image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
4. Pony Express Rider - By A. Phimister Proctor
This marker, mounted to the right of the Nevada Added Station marker, is a copy of the Pony Express bronze plaque completed by Proctor in 1912. The first plaque was presented to President Herbert Hoover in 1930. A number of copies have been mounted at various points along the Pony Express route.
National Pony Express Centennial Association Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
5. National Pony Express Centennial Association Trail Marker
This trail marker is mounted on a cement base to the left of the Nevada Added Station marker. It depicts William H. Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell, the founders and operators of the Pony Express. Pictured above them is a rider and pony atop the outline of the Pony Express route, with Sacramento and St. Joseph shown as the two endpoints. Similar markers were installed at a number of places along the route in 1960.
Nevada Added Station Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
6. Nevada Added Station Marker - Wide View
In the background is the Union Hotel, constructed 1870. The remnant wall of the remount station would be located just outside of the picture frame, to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,896 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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