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Delta County, Colorado
Delta County Location
The county of Delta was segregated from Gunnison by an act of the General Assembly, February 11th, 1883. Its area is 1,150 square miles, and its population in 1890 was 2,534. Its county seat and principal town of the same name is eligibly situated upon the broad and fertile delta at the junction of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers, whence its name. The county is bounded on the north and west by Mesa, east by Gunnison, and south by Montrose. The Gunnison, Uncompahgre, Rio Escalante, Robadoux, Smith’s Fork, Forked Tongue, Currant, Dominguez, Surface and Leroux creeks and the North Fork of the Gunnison are the principal streams. Agriculture, horticulture and stock growing are the chief industries. Other well known but smaller points in the county are Adams, Pamonie and Hotchkiss.

The first county officers were: Commissioners, Samuel Wade, chairman, Enos Hotchkiss, A. E. Kirkbride; clerk and recorder, E. L. Kellogg; sheriff, Charles L. Andrews; treasurer, T. H. McGranahan; county judge, W. A. McDougal; surveyor, Wm. L. Marcy; assessor, Daniel J. McCormick; superintendent of schools, George H. Merchant; coroner, W. O. Stephens. The officers of the county for 1890-91 were: Commissioners, Robert B. Hamilton, Henry Teachout and N. M. Heistand; sheriff, W. S. Girardet; clerk and recorder, Adam Wishart; treasurer, Amos R. Howard; county judge, G. W. Henry; surveyor, J. A. Curtis; assessor, F. R. Burritt; superintendent of schools, P. M. Condit; coroner, Dr. H. K. Brasted; clerk of the district court, Arthur H. Brown.

The city of Delta is the headquarters for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. The Ute trail follows one of the main routes used by Utes for centuries before settlers arrived in the area, starting at the south rim of the Gunnison Gorge and winding down to the Gunnison River.

Paonia, which is Spanish for "peony", was founded in 1882, and named for the abundance of flowers in the area. The main industries are mining and agriculture. Paonia is known for producing wonderful peaches, apples, and other fruits.

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Cemeteries A cemetery listing - some have been transcribed!
Cities, Towns, and Populated Places A list with locations, elevations and USGS Map info
Fruit Growers Photos of area fruit packing company labels
History of Delta County
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