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The City of Dayton is located in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley. It is situated just off Hwy 18 between McMinnville and Newberg and is centrally located 55 miles from the Pacific Ocean, 24 miles from the State Capital and 60 miles from Mt Hood.
Rich in history, Dayton was founded in 1850 by General Joel Palmer and Andrew Smith. Incorporated in 1880, the history of Dayton dates back to Oregon's beginning. The current population is 2635.
Dayton was the first city in the State of Oregon to be designated as a national historic resource. The numerous homes and buildings on the National Historic Register are easily viewed on a walking tour within the city. For walking tour brochures contact the City of Dayton at (503) 864-2221 or stop by City Hall at 416 Ferry Street, Dayton Oregon, Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
If you have historic pictures of the Dayton area or past residents or you have a historic story or information and you would like to share them on this web-site, please contact the City of Dayton at (503) 864-2221 or stop by City Hall at 416 Ferry Street, Dayton Oregon.
City of Dayton Map with Historic Properties Identified
Dayton Centennial 1880-1980
Walking Tour Brochure
Some Dayton Chapters in the Oregon Story
Dayton's Historic Walking Tour
In 1987 Dayton was the first city in the State of Oregon to be designated as a national historic resource. The numerous homes and buildings on the National Historic Register are easily viewed on this walking tour within the city.
The Fort Yamhill Blockhouse is located in the NW corner of Courthouse Square Park and was orginally moved from Grand Ronde Valley in 1911 to honor Joel Palmer founder of Dayton and Superintendant of Indian Affairs.
Courthouse Square Park
Sometimes known as the Dayton City Park,Courthouse Square Park is the home of several historical items, including the Fort Yamhill Blockhouse, Bandstand and Fountain, a World War II Cannon and a replica of the old Fire Bell.
The Brookside Cemetery is located on Third Street just off Mill Street in Dayton, it is the resting ground of many Dayton Pioneers including Joel Palmer, founder of Dayton.
Founders of Dayton
General Joel Palmer and Andrew Smith
Settlers of Dayton's Early History
Information regarding the Settlers of Dayton's History was taken from the Dayton Centennial 1880-1980 Booklet. Copies of the Dayton Centennial can be purchased at Dayton City Hall.
Floods of the Dayton Area
The Yamhill River and the Dayton Town area have a history with flooding.
Steamboats of the Yamhill River
The Yamhill River is an important part of Dayton's history, providing transportation for Dayton's residents and the transportation of freight for local farmers and businesses.
Odd Fellows Cemetery (IOOF)
A listing of those buried in the International Order of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, located on Thompson Lane just outside of Dayton off highway 221.
Information was taken from the "Dayton Centennial 1880 - 1980".
The City of Dayton will provide inclusive, responsive, efficient, and ethical municipal government services to facilitate the health, safety, and livability of our community.
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