Nevada Rock Art Geocaching Historical Markers

Historical Marker #163

Located at the junction of U.S. Highway 50 and Main Street in Dayton, Nevada.

(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 abandoned by the miners. So many Chinese followed (200, plus or minus) 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 Surveyor General of Nevada.

Notes on this marker:

This is right at the only light in Dayton. There'sa Chevron there where the dirt field is.

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