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Lyon County, Nevada


"Nevada's First Settlement"

Page Contents for Dayton, Nevada

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions

Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The Nevada state capital is Carson City.
The population of Dayton is approximately 2,217 (1990), 8964 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 920 (1990), 3385 (2010).
The amount of land area in Dayton is 81.83 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.053 sq kilometers.
The distance from Dayton to Washington DC is 2413 miles.
The distance to the Nevada state capital is 12 miles. (as the crow flies)
Dayton is positioned 39.25 degrees north of the equator and 119.56 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Dayton elevation is 4,400 feet above sea level.


in Dayton Valley, in Lyon County, Nevada. The Dayton area encompasses the entire valley and the Dayton Highway 50 corridor from The outskirts of Carson City to Silver Springs, Nevada. Dayton is 6.5 miles from Virginia City and 12 miles from Carson City. It is just 25 miles from the beautiful Lake Tahoe on the California border.
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History & History Related Items

Nevada's first permanent non-Indian settlement and site of the state's first gold discovery!

Here is a history page for Dayton. There are many pictures of "oldtimers" of Dayton with stories about each one. Great history page

The name of the community was changed from Chinatown to Dayton in 1861. The town was named for its surveyor, John Day.

The county seat was in Dayton until 1908 when the courthouse burned down. The county seat was then moved to Yerrington. Because of the move, Dayton began to shrink. The economy of the area was quite dependent on the county business. Dayton didn't stay down, though. It has bounced back to a thriving community of over 8,500 residents.

Gold - the key to Dayton's Discovery.
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Dayton Valley Days
To be held in the streets of Historic Old Town Dayton
for current dates and times please see the website
Phone 887-1294
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Dayton Historical Events

First Birth in Dayton
Coming to the area in 1853, Laura Ellis and her husband, James, settled on a farm. She kept a daily journal and in doing so recorded one of the state's first historical documents, the birth of their son, James Brimmel Ellis, born in 1854 - the first white child born in the state.

Dayton Chamber

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
35 Shady Lane
P.O. Box 2408
Dayton, NV 89403
Phone: 775-246-7909
Fax: 775-246-5838
We are now located in the Dayton Historic Museum.

Dayton Organizations

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
35 Shady Lane
P.O. Box 2408
Dayton, NV 89403
Phone: 775-246-7909
Fax: 775-246-5838
We are now located in the Dayton Historic Museum.

Dayton Libraries

Lyon County Library
321 Old Dayton Valley Rd
Dayton, NV 89403
Phone: 702-246-6212

Dayton Schools

Here is an education page for Dayton.

Dayton High School
335 Old Dayton Valley Road
Dayton, NV 89403
Phone: 702-246-6240

Dayton Intermediate School
315 Old Dayton Valley Road
Dayton, NV 89403
Phone: 702-246-6250

Dayton Elementary School
285 Dayton Valley Rd
Dayton, NV 89403-8902
Phone: 702-246-6262

Sutro Elementary School
190 Dayton Village Pkwy
Dayton, NV 89403-9358
Phone: 702-246-6270

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