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Dayton's history begins with Nevada's first gold discovery in July 1849. It started with a California-bound pack train, led by trail guide Abner Blackburn, setting up camp at the mouth of a canyon that drained into the Carson River. While waiting for the snow to melt in the Sierra, Blackburn went prospecting and dug gold from the creek bed. The news of his discovery spread, and prospectors rushed to the site they called Gold Cañon—today's Dayton. In May 1851, diarist Lucena Pfuffer Parsons, traveling with a wagon train, camped at the site and reported about 200 miners living in the canyon. She noted that they were finding enough gold to trade for supplies. In 1859, after working their way up the canyon, miners discovered a large silver and gold deposit known as the Comstock Lode. This discovery led Nevada to statehood in 1864.
ISBN: 9781467133265
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nevada
Series: Images of America
Images: 207
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dayton historian Laura Tennant is a Silver City, Nevada, native; graduate of Old Dayton High School; a journalist; and former editor of the Dayton Courier. Laura is one of the founders of the Dayton Museum as well as the Historical Society of Dayton Valley (HSDV). Photographer Jack Folmar manages the digital and print photography for HSDV and serves as a docent for the museum. They have compiled stories and photographs from museum archives, historical societies, and personal collections, capturing Dayton's place in Nevada's history.
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