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    DAYTON, TEXAS

    Liberty County, Texas Gulf Coast
    US 90, Hwys 146 and 321
    6 miles W of Liberty
    23 miles E of Humble
    36 miles NE of Houston
    50 miles W of Beaumont

    Population 5,709 (2000)

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    Downtown Dayton, Texas
    Downtown Dayton
    TE Photo, September, 2004

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Back at the time of its founding in 1831, Liberty was consider divided by the Trinity River. Present day Dayton was considered "West Liberty" - the official name until the mid-1880s. The name of Liberty comes from the capital of the old Mexican municipality of Santísima Trinidad de la Libertad.

    Liberty and West Liberty were connected by a ferry.

    The West Liberty post office was apparently discontinued after a few years. Land was designated for a school in 1847 and the schoolhouse was accepted on December 31, 1853. The town was platted and surveyed that same year.

    West Liberty became known as Day's Town, sometime after 1854. I. C. Day, was a wealthy landowner who lived south of West Liberty.

    The Texas and New Orleans Railroad arrived in 1860 and made the town a flag stop. It was known as either West Liberty, Days Station, or Dayton Station. In 1877 the name Dayton was applied to the post office made the name permanent.

    In 1885 the population was a mere 60 people
    By 1890 it had risen to 239 residents.
    By 1910 it had reached a population of 2,500
    By 1940 it had declined to 1,207 residents
    By 1965 it had 3,367 people

    Lumbering and cattle raising were the economic engines until rice production was introduced. Dayton was recorded as an incorporated municipality on May 3, 1911 and Texas governor Marion Price Daniel, Sr., was born in Dayton the year before. Oil development during the 1920s brought new industries.

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    Dayton, Texas old school house

    "Rosenwald School has been totally refurbished thanks to two grants and the construction efforts of Assistant Superintendent Doug Coleman, for Dayton ISD. I suggest a visit to Dayton, TX for a followup on the story. The people of Dayton have converted the old school house into a beautiful museum with many items donated back to the school from the time the school was in operation. Just thought it would be an interesting story for your website."
    - Deborah Coleman, February 08, 2012
    TE Photo, September, 2004
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    Grain elevator in Dayton, Texas
    A grain elevator just south of downtown
    TE Photo, September, 2004
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    Price Daniel by Archie P. McDonald

    "... Daniel was born in Dayton, Texas, in 1910, and attended Baylor University. He opened a law practice in Liberty and became a prominent attorney in Southeast Texas. I once heard him say that he had taken an oath of office pledging loyalty to the Constitution of the United States eight times. Let’s see if we can reconstruct that career..." more

    Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce

    936-336-5736
    1801 Trinity Street
    P.O. Box 1270, Liberty, Texas 77575
    http://www.libertydaytonchamber.com/
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