Dayton is nestled in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon, located just off the beaten path at the intersection of Hwy 18 and 221. Dayton is 6 miles from McMinnville, 24 miles from Salem, 36 miles from Portland, and 57 miles from the scenic Oregon coast. Dayton’s pedestrian-friendly downtown centers around a historic town square that is reminiscent of the way it existed 100 years ago, giving it a unique sense of place. The quaint, small town atmosphere, town square events, and town’s 41 places on the National Register of Historic Places appeal to visitors and locals seeking ‘real life experiences’.
A charming small town of 2,500 people, Dayton is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, in Yamhill County, Oregon.
Imagine Dayton five to ten, ten to twenty … even twenty to fifty years from now! That’s the essence of Dayton Forward, a collaborative planning effort between the City of Dayton and the Dayton Community Development Association. The planning process for Dayton Forward was facilitated by Ernie Munch, a professional planner and architect with years of experience in community planning.
Fort Yamhill Blockhouse
An interpretive marker at Dayton’s historic Courthouse Square Park honors Dayton’s founding father, General Joel Palmer. General Palmer donated the land for Courthouse Square Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate him, the blockhouse was moved by wagon from Grande Ronde in 1911 to Dayton. (402 3rd St, Dayton) See Dayton’s other Historical Sites.