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History of Delta, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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That spring, fifteen stockholders met at Oasis and selected a townsite of mostly unlevel land in a section including the railroad section-house of Akin. The townsite was named Melville, but then the United States Postal Service objected because of its similarity to a Cache Valley town, the name was changes to Burtner in honor of a helpful passenger agent of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Railroad.

The enterprise proved attractive to many other Utahns as well. The foremost early sources of settlers was Wayne County, sending a dozen industrious families, including that of Hiett E. Maxfield, former bishop of Fremont, who was sustained to the same office at Burtner early in 1909. Nelson s. Bishop of Utah County constructed the first house/hotel in the townsite, followed by Henry J. McCullough, most recently from Garfield County, who log house served also as the first post office and store. The first community school/church meetinghouse was a one-room building hauled from Hinckley. Not long after, construction began on a ward amusement hall.


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