Delta was built as a trading post for the Ute people and early settlers and was named because of its location on the delta where the Uncompahgre River flows into the Gunnison River. The town was incorporated in 1882. Delta is located in southwestern Delta County and the downtown area is sited south of the Gunnison River and east of the Uncompaghre River. The city limits extend north across the Gunnison into the area now known as "North Delta", then west 6 miles along U.S. Route 50.
Culture & History
The City of Delta now has 30 buildings which have received local historical designation. Eight buildings have received state designation and four buildings have earned national designation. It is home to Ft. Uncompaghre which is unique museum that is located at the entrance to the Confluence Park Complex and serves as our local Visitor Center. Located downtown, you’ll also find the Delta County Museum which houses exhibits that reflect the history and lifestyle of the county. In addition, the City is home to more than 30 murals and street art exhibitions designed and created by local artists over the years.
The City of Delta has historically been a regional service center supporting the needs of the nearby communities and agricultural operations. Livestock, field crops, and other agricultural uses continue to support the local and regional economy. In addition, a growing interest in developing the nearby recreational opportunities is taking place, along with encouraging tourism and expanding the agricultural with a focus on food manufacturing opportunities that take advantage of locally sourced products, including fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, wine and ciders.