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

Chinatown

Early Name of Dayton

 
 
Chinatown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
1. Chinatown Marker
Inscription. The first Chinese were brought to this site in 1856 to build the "Reese" ditch from the Carson River to the entrance of Gold Canyon. The ditch was used for placer mining. The Chinese soon began reworking the placers, earning a living from those abandoned by the miners. So many Chinese followed (200) that the settlement was called Chinatown. The name was changed to Dayton in 1861 in honor of John Day, who laid out the town and later became General of Nevada.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park system; Dayton Historical Society. (Marker Number 163.)
 
Location. 39° 14.176′ 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. Dayton (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); Chief Truckee (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Hotel & Post Office (about 400 feet away, measured
Chinatown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
2. Chinatown Marker
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. 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.) 
 
Categories. Asian AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Chinatown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
3. Chinatown Marker
Chinatown Marker is on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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