One of the first community efforts was the construction of a sophisticated canal and ditch system to convey water from the river to their dwellings and crops. Although originally constructed with crude implements, the system was well engineered and is still in use at the present date.
The original business district was located in south Morgan. However, with the coming of the railroad, local businessmen could see the advantage of being located close to the railroad
freight and passenger stations so they moved their establishments north to the west side of the tracks. All of the businesses were located on the same side of the street and formed a long string of buildings. The area remained the main business district for both the city and county for many years; but it is now fragmented and a shadow of what it used to be. With the passing of time and the need for more space, many businesses have relocated in other parts of the city.