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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dayton, Washington
Location of Dayton, Washington
► Columbia County (18) ► Franklin County (8) ► Garfield County (3) ► Walla Walla County (32) ► Whitman County (2) ► Umatilla County, Oregon (68) ► Wallowa County, Oregon (20)
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| Ancient Passage Between the Rivers
On the advice of the Walla Walla people, the Lewis and Clark Expedition followed "a good road...plenty of Deer and Antilopes" that led travelers overland between there Columbia - Walla Walla and . . . — — Map (db m159023) HM|
| "in a little bottom"
The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in the small valley below this viewpoint on May 2, 1806. The Expedition included thirty-three people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Known as the Corps of Volunteers . . . — — Map (db m159067) HM|
|The first vegetable processing plant in Dayton was constructed by Blue Mountain Canneries, Inc. in 1934. The plant was constructed in only 45 days, and on the 46th day, it made its first run with a green pea canning trial. When the plant first . . . — — Map (db m159019) HM|
|This land will always be home to the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla people. The land is used by and shared with relatives and neighbors such as the Palouse, Wanapum, Yakama, Wishxam, Wyam, Tenino and Nez Perce.
In 1805 and 1806, Lewis . . . — — Map (db m159022) HM|
| Columbia County Courthouse: 1887 Washington’s Oldest Courthouse.
Construction of the Territorial Courthouse was completed two years before Washington became a state in 1889.
Designed by local architect W.H. Burrows, the courthouse was . . . — — Map (db m129474) HM|
| Palouse Indians To supplement a diet of salmon, families migrated from riverside “mat lodge” villages to the mountains for game, roots, and berries. “Appaloosa” horses played a paramount role in tribal life.
. . . — — Map (db m129473) HM|
|The Spanish-American War was fought between the United States and Spain over a span of 3 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days: April 21, 1898 to August 13, 1898. Battle occurred in the Spanish colonies of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam. . . . — — Map (db m159021) HM|
|This scenic mile-high road completed in 1928 was conceived, promoted, surveyed and built under the direction of William H. Kendall who was employed by the U. S. Forest Service from 1907 to 1931.
Before the road was built Kendall was hunting in . . . — — Map (db m113459) HM|
Columbia County Washington
“Saturday, May 3d, 1806”
The Corps of Discovery crossed the “high plains” and descended to this location after a cold morning of rain, snow, and hail. They described the Kimooenim Creek . . . — — Map (db m118600) HM|
|Built in 1881 across the Touchet River by the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co. the Union Pacific Railway bought the railroad in 1889. It moved the depot to its present site, on roller logs which were pulled by horse and winch. The stationmaster . . . — — Map (db m158961) HM|
|In early May of 1806, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery passed through here on their return from the Pacific Ocean heading eastward. They would complete their epoch making journey with their arrival in the frontier town of St. Louis on . . . — — Map (db m158959) HM|
|"Friday, May 2d, 1806"
The Corps of Discovery camped near this spot with fair weather and a southwest wind on their return to St. Louis. They recorded seeing deer, sandhill cranes, beaver, and otter. There was camas in bloom along the . . . — — Map (db m159068) HM|
|1. Pvt. William E. Bratton; Blacksmith, gunsmith, skilled hunter, plant forager and messenger. Resting - bad back.
2. Jean Baptiste Charbonneau; Nick-named Pompey or Pomp. Son of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau.
3. Toussaint Charbonneau; . . . — — Map (db m159069) HM|
| By 1899, this intersection was busy with railroad commerce. Northern Pacific and Union Pacific RR depots were across Commercial Street from each other with three sets of train tracks in between. Two or more passenger trains left each depot . . . — — Map (db m158963) HM|
| Built in 1900, this country schoolhouse was originally located in Smith Hollow, eight miles north of Dayton. It served grades 1 thru 8 in the Smith Hollow School District #24 until 1933, when the district was consolidated with Dayton.
On into . . . — — Map (db m159020) HM|
|The Celilo Falls Trail, now known as The Nez Perce Trail passed through Dayton near this site. For centuries this was the path used by the Indians, trappers, missionaries and the new settlers. Most notable was the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. . . . — — Map (db m158967) HM|
| Before you on the hillside above the Touchet River Valley is a 300-foot tall Green Giant, placed there in 1993 by employees of the Green Giant Company and local volunteers. His outline and partial vest are made of painted paving blocks. These . . . — — Map (db m158960) HM|