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Dayton Historical Depot Museum

222 E Commercial Ave, Dayton, WA 99328-1313
+1 509-382-2026
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Great fun and very informative

We loved our visit here. The docent was gracious and knowledgeable. We are thankful that it is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
glennegreen
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Yakima, Washington
A piece of history saved from the wreckers ball

I hope you are in Dayton long enough to visit the Rail Depot. It is a piece of regional history... read more

Reviewed December 7, 2017
MiguelitoyCat
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Kettle Falls, Washington
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The Dayton Historic Depot is the oldest standing depot in Washington state. Built in 1881, it was moved to its present location in 1899 by capstan and horses. After it closed in 1971, the Dayton Historical Depot Society placed the Depot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, then they refurbished the building and opened as a museum in 1981. Presently, the first floor of the depot has been re-created to appear as it did in 1899. The upstairs, where the Station Agent and his family lived, contains a Gallery that has rotating exhibits. The freight room houses a gift shop of Depot memorabilia, western history books, low technology games, and unique gifts for that special hostess or friend.
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222 E Commercial Ave, Dayton, WA 99328-1313
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+1 509-382-2026
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our visit here. The docent was gracious and knowledgeable. We are thankful that it is still available to view. Try your hand a safe cracking. They have a beautiful old safe that hasn't been opened. Who knows what may be inside.

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Reviewed December 7, 2017

I hope you are in Dayton long enough to visit the Rail Depot. It is a piece of regional history restored for ever I hope. the docent was knowledgeable and really helped us to understand a way of life we cant imagine. Lots of antiquities...More

Thank MiguelitoyCat
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docent_Tam, Docent at Dayton Historical Depot Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2017

I'm so glad you enjoyed your time here in Dayton. We appreciate hearing our visitors' reactions to our museum.

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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

Super historical train station depot (the oldest surviving in the state) with a good selection of interesting artifacts from the era. Docents are very knowledgable, friendly, and engaging. Check out the caboose next door. Recommended.

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docent_Tam, Manager at Dayton Historical Depot Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come back to visit again!

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Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

Loved this place. Great display of historical items. Well kept up and unique . Great stop Dayton is a very cute little town lots to do and see .

Thank Janis V
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docent_Tam, Museum Director at Dayton Historical Depot Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

I'm glad you had a good visit!

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

This depot houses excellent exhibits and artifacts of the history of Dayton and the surrounding are. Local residents provide docent staff and help bring history to life.

Thank FScfs
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

I was unable to go inside, my schedule did not allow it. But I saw the building at night with lights on and, also, during the day. It is a fascinating piece of history, it is the oldest train depot in Washington state.

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Reviewed August 24, 2017

We stopped to see the depot and noticed that it was open. It has been wonderfully preserved and filled with historic information about the area. The woman at the desk was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and we had a great conversation.

Thank Bill C
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Reviewed August 14, 2017

We stopped by Dayton on our way back to Walla Walla after visiting Bluewood. This Depot was well preserved and filled with historic information about the area. The lady who was working on Friday 08/11 was so knowledgeable about the area and the artifacts in...More

Thank LaDonna G
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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

We didn't actually "go in" we just drove past here, but it is so well done we drove around the block a second time to snap these photos.

Thank Marla J
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

This is just one of the various delights in this little town! As a person who loved enjoyed the great privilege of traveling by Union Pacific trains, this is heaven on Earth.

Thank Scott P
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Herbert C
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Response from Steven S | Reviewed this property |
Open Wednesday through Saturday WINTER HOURS: (November- April) 11 - 4 SUMMER HOURS: (May-October) 10 am - 5 pm, closed for lunch Closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Holidays.
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