The National Weather Service cancelled its flood warning for Dayton this Wednesday. Issued on Tuesday at 12:40 p.m., things looked dire for part of the small community. The southwest retention pond above east Dayton could have failed and citizens were told to be on alert.
Dayton has been described as the “Breadbasket of the Comstock” for its vital role in supplying food for miners working the historic strike. Gold was first found in Nevada on the Carson River near Dayton. The float was traced uphill to the Virginia City area in the early 1850’s and the gold and silver rush was on.