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Sara Condit, a teacher from Iowa who settled in the area, named the settlement of Malta because she liked the sound of the name. It is in honor of the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. The settlement was originally founded in 1890 and served as a trade center for the surrounding livestock ranches. In 1912, a man named T.E. Anderson installed a pump along the Raft River eight miles north of Malta. By doing so, he proved to the locals that water could be obtained underground from the River and used to irrigate their land. A post office was established here in 1883.

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