VERNAL - UTAH

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

Vernal

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Population 9.000

Vernal is a remote and isolated city located in Northeast Utah and is one of only a few cities in Utah that were not founded by Mormons.

Vernal is the only city in the U.S. of its size that does not have a railway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bank of Vernal built in 1916 by W.H. Coltharp, who wanted to use textured bricks to give a modern style to the facades. Since those bricks were made in Salt Lake City, the delivery cost was enormous, amounting to four times the cost of the material. Coltharp managed to send those bricks by USPS, through the standard mail delivery system: the fares were very low at the time, so bricks were packaged in 50 pound parcels (7 bricks each), and sent by lots of 40 packages per day. The total amount exceeded 80,000 bricks. The Bank of Vernal was nicknamed "The Parcel Post Bank".
US Postal Regulations were later changed to avoid further exploiting of the service. The United States Postmaster General Albert Sidney Burleson explicitly stated in a letter that "it is not the intent of the United States Postal Service that buildings be shipped through the mail".