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The Depot building and grounds are a special place to hold your events, such as weddings, receptions, parties, family reunions, or office workshops.  Inside gatherings can be held in the Waiting Room and Ticket Office downstairs or in the Upstairs Gallery that has a small kitchen adjacent.  The Depot balcony is a wonderful place from which to toss a wedding bouquet!


The outside courtyard is made of smooth, stamped concrete under a beautiful tree canopy and has ample room for tables and chairs.  The perimeter is lined with built-in wooden benches and attractive landscaping.  Adjacent to the courtyard is a lawn area that can be used separately or in conjunction with courtyard events.


The Depot is located across the alley from the Weinhard Hotel, a Victorian lodging establishment with a rooftop garden.  It is a wonderful place for honeymooners.


Both the Boldman House Museum and the Dayton Historic Depot have rotating exhibits.


  • The Boldman House: The Boldman Camera Collection on exhibit through December 2018.
  • The Upstairs Gallery at the Dayton Historic Depot: “Mapping Our Place:  Maps of Dayton and Columbia County.”We have a nice collection of maps from the late nineteenth century to the present day.  These include railroad maps, circa 1900 city maps of Dayton, Huntsville, and Starbuck, and a 1948 map of the proposed dams for the Pacific Northwest.   Also displayed is a map of the early military road from Fort Benton to Fort Dalles and a hand drawn map of George Wright’s 1858 travels throughout  eastern Washington.  In addition to these, we have a variety of modern maps of Dayton.  The backdrop for our new exhibit is the Depot’s Upstairs Gallery, which has been upgraded using grants from Wildhorse Foundation and Blue Mountain Community Foundation.  The Gallery sports fresh paint, a new modular panel system, new lights, and many gallery accessories.  Maps have been loaned for the exhibit by Christy’s Realty, Columbia REA, Broughton Land Co., Port of Columbia, City of Dayton, Dayton’s City Shop, Columbia County’s Public Works, and numerous community members.  We would like to thank all of them for their assistance in creating this fascinating exhibit.
  • The Ticket Office and Waiting Room in the Dayton Historic Depot: “Romping in the Blues”  late 19th century and early 20th century photographs of Dayton citizens hunting, fishing and camping in the Blue Mountains.
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