A new exhibit paying tribute to one of Delta County’s most admirable and influential citizens has found its home at the new Delta Library and will be unveiled on Saturday, December 16th, during a holiday-themed open house. 

Upon entering the library, patrons will discover a piece of Delta’s history. The exhibit will inform library visitors about the life and career of A. Allen Brown, a Delta lawyer, Western Slope water advocate, and partner in the town’s oldest law firm. The exhibit includes several items that were in the law firm’s office library, including two glass-enclosed bookcases that were part of the law firm’s original collection filled with the first volumes of U.S. Reports that compile U.S. Supreme Court decisions, an office table, and the original glass window of the office door of Mr. Brown.  

Established as a long-time board member and president of the Colorado River Water Conservation District and water law attorney, A. Allen Brown was at the forefront of water development in the Delta area. After representing several municipalities, water districts and several ditch and reservoir companies, Mr. Brown gained a positive reputation as a persistent advocate in water litigation and contributed to many historic water cases. He fought to preserve Western Colorado against transmountain diversions, and his imprint is present on many water projects throughout the Western Slope, including the Paonia and Crawford reservoirs, and the Curecanti and Dallas Creek projects.   

Each of the libraries within Delta County offers their own unique charm. Depending on which of the Delta County Libraries one visits, patrons are surrounded by a slightly different landscape. From one valley to the next, the landscape within Delta County encompasses expansive mesas, deep canyons and breathtaking mountains shaped by the seasons, waterways and ripples within time. During his life, Mr. Brown had an exceptional influence on not only water resources, but he was also a pillar of inspiration in the community. 

In addition to his influence via his professional career throughout the area, Mr. Brown supported his community through additional avenues. He served for many years as a member and president of the Delta Memorial Hospital board of directors, and as president, he presided over the construction of a new hospital. He was also chairman of the Republican 58th Representative District for more than a decade, he was involved in Rotary Club, and he was a Mason and member of the Presbyterian Church.   

As part of the exhibit’s unveiling, the library will be holding a holiday-themed, open-house event. Santa will be visiting from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. and available for photos, take-home kits will be available for kiddos, the Friends of the Delta Library will be sponsoring a hot chocolate bar from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., and Charlotte Powers will be playing her harp from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.  

The new Delta Library is located at 124 E 6th St., Delta, CO 81416. For more information, call 970-874-9630.