Vernal, UT 84078
- In downtown Vernal
DescriptionA bit of ingenuity at the post office's expense created the "Parcel Post Bank." In 1916, bank president William Colthart got the idea that he wanted to build a new bank using special textured bricks rather than the ordinary red ones available locally. Normal freight costs to remote Vernal, however, greatly exceeded the value of the bricks. So he hit upon the idea of having them mailed -- all 80,000, individually wrapped. His success got others to thinking, and soon even crops were being sent to market through the post office. (Before things got completely out of hand, or rather shortly thereafter, the post office changed its rules.)
The story is a bit more interesting than seeing the bank, which looks like... well... a bank made of brick. But it's in the middle of town on the southwest corner of Vernal Ave. and Main St., so take a look. It's now called the Zion National Bank.