taking the cows that haven’t had their calves yet first,
History of Delta County —- In the Beginning – Main Street
Main Street looked better than in those first years, with board sidewalks making more pleasant the entry into the Main Street establishments. The walks were uneven, but sloped to match each other where needed. Sidewalks were flanked by ditches used to water the cottonwood trees that lined Main. Almost all of the yards were fenced with access through front gates, and there were barns in the rear. Some places had hay yards and corrals behind them, and there were hydrants in most yards.
Business places were nearly all of frame of log construction with false fronts. There were a few brick buildings such as a section of The Delta House, The First National Bank which was a two story edifice, the Chamber of Commerce building on the east side of Main, and another at 402 Main. The only street east of Main was Meeker, as the area east of the school ground had not yet been cleared. Beyond that were swampy fields thick with head-high Chico grass. The area of active building was the tract between Main and the railroad depot which also severed as a telegraph office. Watering troughs for horses were at the street corners. The firehouse bell tolled at 9:00 p.m. and, to assure the safety of the citizenry, the sheriff and a night marshal conducted foot patrols.