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2007, July 4
World Record Bunny Hop
On the Fourth of July in 2007, the residents of Delta, both young, old and in between, gathered to try to break a world record for the world's largest Bunny Hop. All the participants wore bunny ears with the line measuring over 4,000 feet. There were 3,841 persons in the line making it an official world record at the time. The try at the record came during Delta's Centennial year of 2007. The local high school mascot is also a rabbit making the event even more important to the community.


1953, October 26
Gunnison Massacre
John Williams Gunnison was assigned to lead an expedition to survey a route for the Pacific railroad. They left from St. Louis, Missouri in June, 1853 and arrived in Manti, Utah in October. Here the party began the survey loosely following the Gunnison and Green Rivers onto the Sevier River. As winter was approaching and snow began to fall, the group hurried to complete their task. At Lake Sevier, they divided into two groups. On the morning of the attack, Gunnisonís group was attacked by a band of Ute Indians. Gunnison and seven of his men were killed. A few survivors were able to let the other group know what happened and they quickly came to aid them. The bodies and one more survivor were collected later that day. The eight bodies were found multilated by the Utes.
1929
The Hermit of Marjum Pass
A man named Bob Stinson from Iowa became known as the Hermit of Marjum Pass when he began living in this desolate area about 45 miles west of Delta. He served in the military during WWI and while gone, he received word that his girlfriend had married someone else. When he was released and sad from losing his girl, he decided to travel, first moving to South Dakota with his brother where they ran a garage. Then, in 1929, he came to Millard County to visit another brother. While traveling on old Highway 50, his car broke down in Marjum Pass. He lived out of his car for a time and then began to build a rock wall outside a cave such as the Anasazi had done in nearby areas. He gradually improved his cave and made provisions for water storage and cooking. The outside rock is still black from where his cookstove stood. Even though he was in an out-of-the way place, he had many visitors and most received his hospitality complete with his home-made brew. But if a guest didn't leave a small "tip" on the table after partaking, they weren't offered a drink the next time they stopped by. He trapped bobcats and coyotes and sold the pelts to make ends meet. He cleared rock from the highway for a small job the government provided him. He also grew his own vegetables and raised sheep. When a new highway was built in 1951, he no longer had his road job. He finally moved into Delta though somewhat reluctantly. He died in 1961 at the age of 80 and requested that his ashes be scattered around his pass home.
1927
West Desert Sinkhole
This large sinkhole was discovered by Joseph Nielson in 1927. He was out on the range with some mules when he got into unfamiliar area. His horse abruptly stopped and refused to go any further. He got off and started walking forward while still holding onto the reins. He suddenly found himself in midair. His horse quickly backed up saving him from the unseen danger. He left the area carefully returning the next day to further explore in the daylight. Again his horse was reluctant to go any where near the area and he found, with good reason. He walked a little closer and found a huge sinkhole at least 70 feet across and, he estimated, about 90 feet deep. Early explorers of the sinkhole said they could walk back into an ancient riverbed tunnel for quite a ways. The floor was uneven due to cave-ins and rocks around. The area at the bottom was much larger than at the top which made it a difficult trip out once you were in. The area has since been fenced off to keep people and animals from wandering into the sinkhole. The edges of the hold are loose and crumbling so it is a dangerous place to even walk around.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Delta and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.


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