Jacob Weinhard arrives in Dayton to establish a brewery in 1880.

  • By Priscilla Long
  • Posted 2/17/2003
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 5229

In 1880, Jacob Weinhard arrives in the town of Dayton to start a brewery.  Nephew of the Portland brewer Henry Weinhard, he traveled north from Portland, where he had worked as his uncle's foreman.  Dayton, located in the barley growing country of southeastern Washington, seems to him a perfect place to start a brewery.

By 1904 Weinhard's enterprises include, besides the brewery, a saloon, a malt house, and the Weinhard Theater.  He also owned an interest in the Local Citizens National Bank.

In 1907, Weinhard built for his family a large Victorian home, which is today (2003) on the National Register.


Ruth Kirk and Carmela Alexander, Exploring Washington's Past: A Road Guide to History (Seattle: University of Washington Press), 179; "City History," City of Dayton Website (www.http://www.daytonwa.com/history.htm).

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