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Dayton, Washington

Rich in history, Dayton is home to the oldest operating courthouse and railroad depot in Washington. Nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains, enjoy great main street shopping, fine dining, Victorian lodging and historic homes. Whatever your interests, we have something for you! Find camping, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and skiing only a short ride away.

Web site: www.HistoricDayton.com

Major Events and Festivals


Blue Mountain SnoMo Club BBQS
Join your fellow snowmobilers and cross country skiers for BBQ burgers every Sunday this winter season! Sundays, December-March. 11am-1:30 pm. Godman Warming Station above Bluewood. www.historicdayton.com/Calendar.html


Brix & Brew Festival and Benefit Auction
Come enjoy a live auction plus a beer and wine social! Great collectibles, prizes and food will be provided with lots of fun. March 11, 2011. 5:30-8:00 pm. Seneca Activity Center. 509-382-4825.



Dayton Church "Street Sale"
This once-a-year giant yard sale is sure to have something for everyone! Proceeds benefit churches and community projects. May 7, 2011. 3rd Street. www.historicdayton.com/Calendar.html

Dayton Days
Enjoy the parade on Main Street, the rodeo and the Touchet River Run during Memorial Day Weekend. www.HistoricDayton.com


All Wheels Weekend
A jam-packed Father’s Day weekend with a classic car show, Friday night cruise, demo derby and don’t forget the great food and beer garden!
June 17-19, 2011. 1-800-882-6299


Carson and Barnes Circus
The circus is in town! See the magic with elephants, fire and cotton candy galore. June 30, 2011. Blue Mountain Station. (509) 382-4825.


Mule Mania
Come one, come all to the mule show that is offered to riders of all ages and abilities! Find a parade, golf tournament, authentic chuck wagon feed and live music. July 14-17, 2011. Columbia County Fairgrounds. mulemaniadayton.com/


Evening at the Depot
A Friday night benefit auction with art, antiques and collectibles in the oldest depot in the state. Wine and beer social included. August 6, 2011. 222 E. Commercial Street. 509-382-2026. www.daytonhistoricdepot.org/


Columbia County Fair
Enjoy the exhibits, bbq, demo derby, motocross and children’s game for a fun-filled weekend! September 9-11, 2011. Columbia County Fairgrounds. www.historicdayton.com/


Dayton on Tour
Experience live artist demonstrations and music while viewing some of Dayton’s 117 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. October 1, 2011. www.DaytonHistoricDepot.org


Christmas Kickoff
Kick off the holidays the week after Thanksgiving with wine tasting, hay rides, home-made candies, Santa and more! A classic, annual tradition. November 25-26, 2011. Main Street. www.historicdayton.com/


The Boldman House Museum
Originally built in 1880, this house and the contents is truly a unique time capsule. The house belonged to the Boldman family of savers – come see the variety of artifacts that outline a detailed history of friends, community and changing times! 410 North First Street. 509-382-2026

Columbia County Courthouse
Completed in 1886, this is the oldest courthouse in Washington State that is still used for its original purpose. Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975. 341 E. Main. Open 9 am-5pm.

Dayton Historic Depot
Dayton's Historic Depot, originally built in 1881, is now the oldest surviving train station in the state. Beautifully restored while revolving exhibits are seen in the upstairs gallery. 222 E. Commercial Street. Call for more information or appointments. (509) 382-2026.

The Liberty Theater
This renovated circa 1920 theatre hosts movies, art shows and stage productions. 344 East Main Street. (509) 382-1380.

Palus Artifact Museum
Offering a collection of locally found artifacts from the Palouse Indian Tribe as well as a beautiful collection of native plants. 426 E Main Street. Fridays and Saturdays 1-4pm. (509) 382-4820. www.historicdayton.com/



Lewis and Clark - Patit Creek Campsite
This Lewis and Clark exhibit is located along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Enjoy what a typical Corps of Discovery campsite would have looked like during the expedition of Lewis and Clark with over 80 steel silhouette sculptures depicting the scene. Free to the public and viewable anytime. Located 2 miles east of Dayton on Patit road. (509) 382-2026. www.daytonhistoricdepot.org/

Ski Bluewood
Come experience the best tree skiing in the northwest! 21 miles from Dayton. (509) 522-4110.