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History of Delta, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Mining, particularly of fluorspar, hauled by dump truck to be shipped from Delta by railroad ore car, also enhanced the local economy in the late 1940s and early 1950s, as did the mining and milling of beryllium several decades later. Completion of Highway 6/50 in the early 1950s brought new prosperity to the city's hotels, motels, restaurants, and service stations, as well as stimulating other enterprises. The area has long been popular with pheasant hunters, water-sports enthusiasts, rockhounds, all-terrain-vehicle riders, and those who appreciated a vast and varied desert landscape. Recreational facilities in the Delta area are exceptionally good.

In the late 1970s promoters of the Intermountain Power Project (IPP) announced their intentions to locate a coal-burning plant near Delta to generate electric power for southern California and other areas. Many local water shareholders sold the company essential water at good prices. Company and local government officials cooperated in enhancing much of the municipal infrastructure in preparation for the increased population expected during the construction phase. The resultant boom was exceptionally free from increased crime of conflict, and the IPP presence has been a positive aspect of recent local history. Delta residents continue to make their city an excellent place to live. They have always taken particular pride in their schools, and higher than average percentage of Delta students have gone on to higher education studies and outstanding achievements. The high school wrestling team has attained the national attention for winning an unprecedented twenty-five state championships as of the early 1990s.

Edward Leo Lyman


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