Dayton was named in 1882 after Joe Dayton Thorne, one of the founding fathers of the community. The town has the distinction of electing the first female mayor in Wyoming, Susan Wissler. In the early 1890's Dayton held Wyoming's first rodeo. Famous artist, Hans Kleiber, known as the "Etcher Laureate of the Big Horns" made Dayton his home. His studio cabin has been preserved and relocated by the Dayton community to a Main Street location. Another main street location, the Dayton Mercantile is a landmark to the romance of the Frontier West. Pull up next to the hitching rail, step out onto the sidewalk and suddenly you are a part of a by-gone era.
Picturesque Tongue River Canyon holds the Tongue River. The river served as an integral part of the flume and floating system used by early logging companies sending ties to down river market destinations.
Located in Dayton's city park is a fire watch tower erected in 1911. The tower, known as Dayton Bell Tower, featured a warning bell to alert the community to fires. Later stairs, phones, and windows were added allowing the tower to be used by the Ground Observer Corp. of the US Air Force to spot aircrafts.
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