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By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
Camels in Dayton?
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — 199 — Camels in Dayton
Camels were imported into the United States for military purposes in the mid-1850's. Lt. Edward Beale of the U.S. Army tested the animals for caravan operations in the deserts of the Southwest. The experiment was not successful and the camels . . . — Map (db m41082) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — Carson & Colorado Railroad
By 1880 the ores of the Comstock had dwindled and the men who founded the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and owned most of the mills on the Comstock needed to restore their high level profits. Mining bonanzas in the southern deserts set a plan afoot to . . . — Map (db m103171) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — Chief Truckee
The legendary Paiute Leader; friend and guide to pioneers; breveted a "Captain" by John C. Fremont; gave his name to a valley, river and town; died near here in 1860. Dedicated July 20, 1974 By E Clampus Vitus              Julia C. Bulette . . . — Map (db m30865) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — 163 — Chinatown — Early Name of Dayton
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 . . . — Map (db m69688) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — 7 — Dayton
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 . . . — Map (db m69687) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — 233 — Dayton Cemetery
Founded in 1851, this is one of the oldest constantly maintained cemeteries in the State of Nevada. The trail to the Mother Lode passed directly in front and the wagon tracks can still be seen with careful observation. James Finney (Ole . . . — Map (db m89439) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — Dedicated to "Old Virginny" — Sesquicentennial Nevada Territorial 1861-2011
Born in Virginia in 1817, an often-inebriated prospector named James Finney was known as "Old Virginia" or "Old Virginny" to his friends. He lived in a tent dug into the side of the hill, which would become known as Johntown, located two miles from . . . — Map (db m89525) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — 200 — Hall's Station
Spafford Hall built this station and trading post in the early 1850's to accommodate emigrants bound for California. Hall, who was the first permanent settler, was severely injured in a hunting accident in 1854 and sold the station to one of his . . . — Map (db m89514) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — In Memory Of "Old Virginny" — 1849 Nevada Gold Discovered 1999 — Sesquicentennial Dayton, Nevada
James Finney, State of Virginia native, died Chinatown Dayton June 20, 1861. About 44 years old, one of the first placer gold miners in Gold Canon, arriving in 1850 or 1851. Old Virginny was so revered by other Comstock miners, they named Vrginia . . . — Map (db m89532) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — Nevada Added Station — In Search of the Pony Express - Station Marker
{Obverse:} 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 . . . — Map (db m29750) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — Odeon Saloon - Billiard Parlour Dayton Lodge No. 5 I.O.O.F.
The first community building was built by the Odd Fellows in 1863 costing $30,000. Lodge offices and Hall were on the second floor. The Odeon Saloon and Billiard Parlour occupied the west side of the street floor, hosting such notables as Mark Twain . . . — Map (db m89448) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — The Pony Express — 1860 - 1861 ** 1960 – 1961
Dayton was an important point on the Pony Express route. The site of the old station is approximately 200 yards northwest near the old firehouse. — Map (db m69689) HM
Nevada (Lyon County), Dayton — 186 — Union Hotel & Post Office
The original Union Hotel was located across the street. It was rebuilt here in 1870 after a fire destroyed the old hotel. The former post office site originally housed the dining room and barber shop. The freestanding rock wall is the original wall . . . — Map (db m89513) HM

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