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The Great Basin Museum stemmed out from the Great Basin Historical Society?s local history programs that sparked the interest for telling its unique story of the West Millard area.

The earliest settlements in West Millard County were the towns of Oasis, Deseret, Oak City, and Leamington. Hinckley was settled by 1876, Lynndyl in 1904, and Delta in 1907 right before the Salt Lake and Los Angeles Railroad came.

The Oak City, Hinckley, and Leamington period that time contributed to the West Millard area through its fine examples of pioneer architecture, development of the irrigation system and water storage. Agriculture also contributed to the economy of West Millard due to its massive irrigated fields.

Today, the Great Basin Museum in Delta showcases exhibits featuring the history of West Millard, including artifacts from the early settlement, photographs, writings and documents related to the area.

The Museum also houses a World War II Topaz Relocation Center exhibit, which shows the camp holding over 8,300 internees, most of them from the San Francisco Bay area in the 1940?s. Visitors to the Museum will be able to see an original building from the campsite. The Van Dance Hall from the 1960?s is also featured in the Museum.

Rockhounding is a featured activity in the Museum. It enables visitors from around the world to search for fossils, geodes and other ores.
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