Dayton in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
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.
Erected by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. 39° 14.174′ N, 119° 35.359′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Dayton Valley Road, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton NV 89403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chinatown (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (here, next Chief Truckee (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Hotel & Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nevada Added Station (about 400 feet away); Odeon Saloon - Billiard Parlour Dayton Lodge No. 5 I.O.O.F. (about 500 feet away); Hall's Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camels in Dayton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . . New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. In regards to content, the marker was amended to indicate that Abner Blackburn found a gold nugget at the mouth of Gold Canyon and to change that prospecting began in the canyons to the north. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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