Introduction to Dayton, Texas
Dayton was originally a part of Liberty city which is located on the western bank of Trinity River and called West Liberty. Later its name was changed to Day's Town in the honor of C. Day, a local landlord. In 1860, a flag stop was constructed by the Texas and New Orleans Railroad and it came to be called Days Station, Dayton Station, or West Liberty. Rice became an important crop for the people of Dayton after James E. Berry arranged the construction of a drainage system. In 1911, Dayton was incorporated as a municipality. The population of the city has grown steadily since the 1990s.
Dayton and Nearby Attractions
- Space Center Houston
- 1940 Air Terminal Museum
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- San Jacinto Monument and Museum
- Sheldon Lake State Park
- Battleship Texas State Historical Site
Things To Do In Dayton
The Battleship Texas State Historical Site features a 1912 battleship used during the First and Second World Wars. The Mission Control Center, Hangar X, and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility are displayed at the Space Center Houston. An air show is organized daily at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. The 2,800-acre Sheldon Lake State Park offers opportunities for fishing and canoeing. It also has an environmental education center. Biking, horseback riding, camping, and hiking may be enjoyed at the Lake Houston State Park.
George Bush Intercontinental is the nearest airport.
Dayton Higher Education
San Jacinto College - North Campus, South Texas College of Law, and University of Houston - University Park are located near Dayton.