Population: 767 (2012 projection)
Elevation: 3,921 ft.
Dayton celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006. Incorporated in 1906, the town has a strong agricultural history. Fertile land and abundant water attracted many ranchers and farmers to the area. Timber harvested in the mountains above Dayton was hewn into railroad ties and floated to Dayton and points beyond via a wooden flume, and the Dayton Flour Mill provided the first electric power in the area.
Dayton has been a progressive community since its early days, electing Wyoming’s first female mayor, Susan Wissler, in 1911. World War II saw the community protected by an all-woman volunteer fire department. The Dayton Bell Tower, used to spot planes and sound fire alarms during the war, is now a town landmark located in Bicentennial Park.
Ranching remains an important part of life in the Dayton are today. The Padlock Ranch, located just outside of the town, is one of the largest working ranches in the country. Several dude ranches in the area give visitors a first-hand taste of the ranching lifestyle.
The German-born artist Hans Kleiber, so inspired by the Bighorns, made Dayton his home in the early to mid 1900’s. His studio, filled with etchings, furniture and art supplies is open and free to the public.( Hours are Wed-Sun, 1:00-6:00 pm) Afterwards, enjoy coffee and pie at the Branding Iron Cafe or a milkshake and sandwich at the Dayton Mercantile. Don’t miss the Gallery on Main, the perfect spot to pick up local art and enjoy wine tastings from Jackson Hole Winery.
Stretch your legs or join a game of volleyball or horseshoes at the Scott Bicentennial Park. The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run held in June annually. Participate or watch as hundreds of runners converge from all over the world to compete in 50, 100 mile, and 30K or 50K races and finish with a BBQ, live music and picnic at Scott Bicentennial Park.
If you have any questions about the town of Dayton please contact:Dayton Town Hall (307) 655-2217 www.daytonwyoming.org