Update: A suspect in the destruction of the Carson and Colorado Railroad Depot in Dayton is behind bars in the Lyon County Jail on charges of Arson. Kurt Selzer, 63 of Ventura, California was spotted by neighbors after he had allegedly set several wildland fires in the Dayton area. He was finally apprehended in Dayton State Park in possession of a lighter and a container of a very flammable liquid. Neighbors report that Selzer admitted to them that he set the fires. Selzer was transported to the Lyon Jail where he is being held on $10,000 bail.
The town of Dayton is mourning the loss of one of it’s prized historical legacy buildings – the Carson and Colorado Railroad Depot that had been moved from its original spot to its new location at Main and Lincoln Highway. A fire broke out at the Depot Wednesday afternoon and burned like a torch, as all old buildings burn, which destroyed every element of the Depot.
The Carson and Colorado Railroad Depot Committee appeared to be in somewhat of a state shock as they looked over the incinerated debris pile that had been in the process of being fully restored as the historical treasure it was envisioned to become. Committee members said that just before the fire, an elderly man was seen inside the very publicly accessible “museum to be.” A short while later it was going up in flame. The fire leveled the building and torched a railroad box car just to the north.
The destruction was doubly tragic since so much care and energy went in to moving the venerable old building slightly north of its original location and that state and federal government grants had been approved to make the Depot a legendary point of pride for Dayton and the region. A sizeable quantity of brand new building materials now lay inert never to bring the old Depot back into its heyday and for generations to come.
As a side note, the hugely hot fire sent sparks up into the afternoon winds which ignited a number of trees. But between fast acting residents and firefighters, no structures were damaged. A bit to the southwest corner of Dayton there were reports of some structures caught fire from an unidentified source. A roof of a home was said to be slightly damaged.