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Dayton, Washington 99328
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Historic Districts

The properties of the Dayton Historic Depot Society are just a few of the many historic structures that grace our community. Dayton offers self-guided walking tours of three National Historic Districts featuring over 117 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Courthouse-Cupola-1
The anchor of the Downtown Historic District is the Columbia County Courthouse, the oldest working courthouse in the State of Washington built in 1887 and completely restored in 1991. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful public buildings in the state. Tours are self-guided and are available during regular working hours. Courthouse-3
Downtown Dayton is a vibrant historic retail district with Victorian Lodging, gourmet restaurants, excellent shopping, and the restored Liberty Theater offering live performances and movies. Liberty-Theater-8
Dayton is home to two residential historic districts - the Washington Historic District north of Main Street, and the South Side Historic District south of Main Street. Both contain a mix of beautifully restored homes and traditional residences and offer self-guided walking tours. Broughton-House

Patit Creek Campsite

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Located on the Lewis and Clark Trail, Dayton enjoys celebrating its connection to the Corps of Discovery and the rich history of the expedition. Lewis and Clark traveled through what is now Dayton on May 2nd, 1806, on their way home after wintering at the Pacific Ocean.

They took an overland shortcut (the Nez Perce Trail) shown to them by local Native Americans, which brought them to their overnight camp site just east of Dayton.

Visitors today can enjoy an accurate and artistic steel silhouette sculpture display called the Patit Creek Campsite depicting what a typical Corps of Discovery campsite would have looked like during the expedition. The display is located 2 miles east of Dayton on Patit Road and is free to the public and viewable anytime.

Public Art

Dayton's first public bronze sculpture, "Sacagawea," celebrates the important role this Shoshone woman played in guiding the Corps of Discovery. Sacagawea is shown with her son, Pomp, as they traveled east....just as she would have been doing as she led the Corps of Discovery through our area in 1806. The statue is located one block from the Dayton Historic Depot. Sacagawea-and-Pomp

Sacagawea Arduous Journey

Dayton's newest public art project, "The Stationmaster and his Dog," is located on the Historic Depot's boardwalk. Created by local artist Keith McMasters, this new sculpture shows the Stationmaster checking his watch, looking down the track for the arrival of the next train, accompanied by his faithful dog and a customer's luggage. The sculpture was designed using original period clothing and luggage and was completed and installed in October 2010.

Today visitors can enjoy the sculpture up close, and the Staionmaster has become a favorite photo opportunity for young and old alike.




Lodging and Dining

Weinhard-CafeDayton is home to Victorian and traditional lodging, B & B's, Vacation rentals, and some of the finest restaurants in the region, including the Patit Creek Restaurant, Manila Bay, and the Weinhard Café. With the rise in microbrewery popularity, Dayton is also fortunate to be home to Chief Springs Fire and Iron Brewery. The brewpub has a family dining atmosphere and a lovely outdoor patio with a pizzaria next door.

Dayton is also home to Dumas Station Winery, located just a few miles west of Dayton on Highway 12 and offers award winning red wines.  The tasting room is open Thursday-Monday 11:00-5:00 pm.

Visit the Chamber of Commerce website at for more lodging and dining information.


Lyons Ferry Park

Columbia County's topography is diverse, as is its recreational offerings, ranging from 6,500 feet elevation on its southern border, the Blue Mountains, to 500 feet elevation at its northern border, the Snake River, with beautiful rolling farm hills in between.

The beautiful Touchet River runs through the City of Dayton, with a wonderful nature walk along its dike for locals and visitors alike. Birds and wildlife are a common sight along this partially-paved trail. Lewis & Clark Trail State Park is located just a few miles east of Dayton long the banks of the Touchet River.

The Blue Mountains south of Dayton are home to the Umatilla National Forest and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness area, offering great fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, skiing and many other recreational opportunities. The Tucannon River Recreation Area is another popular recreation destination.

The Snake River to the north features great boating, swimming, camping and fishing at Lyons Ferry Marina. Palouse Falls State Park and its fascinating geologic history is located just a short drive from Lyons Ferry.

Visit the Chamber of Commerce website at for more recreation information and a list of area RV Parks.

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