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June 7, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 7, 2014

25 years ago

June 7, 1989

WALTON — William Scheck wants to make Walton a more noticeable place on the map by offering tourists information and tours of the area. Local officials like the idea.

“Every place has its own flavor and atmosphere,” said Scheck of Back River Road in Walton. “This is a quiet community with a few interesting attractions and should be promoted that way.”

Scheck wants to establish a temporary stand or shop on Delaware Street as a tourist center with volunteers giving out information. In the future, he wants to provide visitors with brochures, maps and tours of local businesses.

Visitors could be taken on tours through local creameries, farms, horse stables and other businesses typical of the agricultural area, he said.

“Walton has been static for 100 years. It’s time that visitors come here and see the benefits of our area,” Scheck said. He said the benefits include the beauty of the mountains, reservoirs and the Delaware River, the hospitable residents and small business owners, and the peacefulness of the area.

Mick Mann, executive director of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, said information booths are beneficial in bringing tourist money into the area.

About 8,000 to 10,000 people stopped at the county information center last year, he said.

“There are several road entrances into the county that don’t have tourist booths. One of the first places people would stop on Route 206 would be in Walton,” Mann said.

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