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The Parcel Post Bank
The Bank of Vernal is located at 3 West Main Street in Vernal. It is a registered historical building in the county landmark register, mostly because of it's unique past. The bank was built by W.H. Coltharp. He wanted special textured bricks for his building but they were made in Salt Lake City, over 400 miles away, by the Salt Lake Pressed Brick Company. Due to the distance and the difficulty of moving the bricks that distance over rough and dangerous terrain, the cost would have been about four times the cost of the bricks themselves. He then became very creative and had the company send the bricks through the United States Postal Service. Why? The cost was very low at the time, so they packaged up seven bricks in each 50 pount bundle and sent lots of 40 packages every day until they had sent enough for the building. The number of bricks was over 80,000! The route was long and arduous, but eventually arrived in Vernal. The USPS soon changed the rules for mailing parcels to a limit of 200 pounds per day per receiver. A letter from Postmaster General Albert Signey Burleson specifically stated: "it is not the intent of the United States Postal Service that buildings be shipped through the mail."
The Bank was nicknamed the Parcel Post Bank because of the way the bricks were sent to Vernal. The bank is now a branch of Zion's Bank.
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Vernal and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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