Dayton State Park
We made such good time returning to California that we decided to head back over to Carson City for a few more days. The weather was fantastic and we wanted to use the last of our 1 Year Nevada Parks Pass for free camping.
The old cemetery made for great exploring. We particularly found the grave and information on James Finney so interesting that we hid a geocache at the edge of the cemetery in his honor. You need to collect info from James Finney's marker to find the cache itself.
Sounds like Mr. Finney was quite the drinker, but a very well respected man in the community.
The old wooden fences and markers really take a beating in this hot, dry climate. They do have an organization that takes very good care of them and repairs and replaces the headstones as needed, preserving the historic value as much as possible.
Dayton has a small park with a Veterans Memorial.
Insignia on the memorial.
Rock Point Mill was once a huge silver and gold mill, opening in 1861 at a cost of $200,000.
With our back to the old mill you can see the campground across the road. Our rig is the one on the far left. One other interesting thing that happened here in Dayton was in 1961. It was the setting for John Huston's film, The Misfits, which was the last movie appearances of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
It had been many years since we had been back to Carson City and Steve really wanted to visit the Mint again. It was much the same as I remember. We really liked the displays and the "underground mine".
This piece of machinery used to produce the coins.
A nearly complete CC Coin display.
Besides coin memorabilia there were nice displays of the era.
Two beautiful Indian Motorcycles.
Shiny silver detail on the saddle.
Some creepy dolls along with bottle, button and gun collections.
There was a celebration for the Dias de los Muertos. Lot's of dancing and hand on displays for the kids.
Out front a cute Willy's Jeep.
Before we leave for Placerville and the holidays, we'll spend our last day in Virginia City. But you'll have to read the next blog post for that!