Life was fraught with danger for the pioneers who entered what is now Delta County, Colorado.
Today residents in the area arise and peacefully perform their daily tasks. At night they retire with little fear that alien marauders will break in upon their slumbers.
When the first settlers arrived in the valley they posted look outs in their camps to guard against being surprised by hostile Redmen. In the interest of self-preservation their first duty each morning consisted of climbing a hill to determine whether there was any smoke arising from Indian camps in the region. Seeing no smoke, they assumed they were safe-at least for the day.
In the daytime, to outwit the Indians, they crouched in the concealing brush. These were some of the methods of survival that the adventurous frontiersmen used to open Delta County for homesteaders.
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