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Chances abound to learn about Dayton history

Ruby McFarland

We have had so much going on within the Historical Society of Dayton Valley this past month that it’s hard to relate it all. We were celebrating Nevada Historical Preservation Month and the unveiling of two historical kiosks placed at the site of the old Carson and Colorado Railroad Station at the corner of Highway 50 East and Main Street. Plans are to rehabilitate the station to its original state for use as the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce office, visitors center and railroading museum. We see it as the Gateway to the Comstock.

It’s refreshing to see so many people interested in Dayton’s history. We have done so much to renew interest in the most important community in Nevada’s history. The dictionary describes history as “the branch of knowledge dealing with past events,” and historians as those “pertaining to the nature of history as opposed to legends or fiction.” That’s sure what we’ve been doing lately.

We are doing our best to bring to light Dayton’s historical background and its relationship to the rest of Nevada. The historical kiosks placed at the old railroad depot relate an important part of our town’s history. Three more historical kiosks with photos and text will soon be in placed around Old Town to educate people about our wonderful heritage.

The recent series of lectures held at the Dayton Senior Center were also very informative with guest speakers well versed in their chosen subjects. We hope to offer more lectures revealing Dayton’s rich history from people who have done their homework.

The Historical Society’s Docent Program continues throughout the summer. Some subjects to be covered are the old firehouse and jail, farm tools and equipment, schools, newspapers, Buckland Station and Fort Churchill. Although these are classes held for the docents, they are open to anyone. Classes are 11 a.m. Saturdays at the Dayton Museum. There are various people from the community giving these classes and promise to be worthwhile endeavors for docents and guests.

Because there will be weekends when classes are not being taught, it’s best to call before coming. It’s a wonderful way for folks to learn about their community. We want you to be well informed so you can relate local history when you visit other areas.

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The Dayton Museum is located on Shady Lane and Logan in Old Town Dayton, and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Check the Web site: Group tours are available. Call 246-5543, 246-0462 or 246-0441.

The Historical Society of Dayton Valley meets at noon on the third Wednesday of the month at the Dayton Valley Community Center. Visitors welcome.

• Ruby McFarland has lived in Dayton since October 1987, she serves as a board member of the Dayton historical society and a docent at the museum.