Seth Dayton was the first registered settler in Beaver Township. As one of his numerous enterprises, in 1868 he built an Inn, south of Bouton and Hwy. 141, along the old Des Moines to Fort Dodge stagecoach route. Portions of that route were later incorporated into the interurban railroad line - a light rail service that ran between Perry and Des Moines between 1909 and the 1950s.
The former combination inn, bar and private home sits on approximately 10 acres of land that includes 150 year old oaks and some limited access to Beaver Creek.
The Inn has been restored and developed into a historic site for tours, special programs, and overnight rentals. It has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, 2 bathrooms with ADA showers, 2 sitting rooms, 3 bedrooms that sleep a total of 9 people, plus an outdoor deck, picnic table and fire ring. It is available May through October, plus April and November when conditions permit.
Dayton Stagecoach Inn
14750 Pecos Ct.
From Perry, go about 4 miles east on Hwy. 141 to Hwy.169. Take Hwy 169 south 1 mile to gravel 150th St. Turn left (east) and go about 2 miles on 150th St. (same road as Lake Robbins Ballroom) to Pecos Ct. Turn north on gravel Pecos Ct. This dead-ends at the driveway for the Dayton Stagecoach Inn.