Vernal in Uintah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Shipped Another 12,000 Hen Fruit by Parcel Post
The first business to occupy the corner across from you was Acorn Mercantile, a leading grocery and dry goods store. In 1915 Acorn boasted a shipment to Salt Lake City of 12,000 fresh eggs, which provided a solid market for the Ashley Valley poultry industry. The industry began to falter in 1918 when egg shipments of poor quality were refused by Salt Lake produce companies and returned to the U.S. Post Office for holding, forcing the postal service into the produce storage business.
In 1926 J.C. Penney Company, Inc., which originated in Kemmerer, Wyoming, and was formerly known to customers as The Golden Rule Store, opened a department store at this location. A year later the company celebrated its silver anniversary with a special sale to local patrons.
Hotel Service Station, owned by Lewis Motor Company, occupied the building in 1933. Its name came from its close proximity to the Gibson Hotel to the west and the Commercial Hotel across the street, just east of where you are standing. The original building was torn down in 1954 and replaced with a more modern structure which has been home to Uintah Rexall Drug, the Unique Shop, and MarElla Fashions.
Location. 40° 27.338′ N, 109° 31.634′ W. Marker is in Vernal Touch for map. Marker is along the sidewalk, just west of the alley, facing the opposite (i.e., north) side of Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 East Main Street, Vernal UT 84078, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where the Dollar has More Cents (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parcel Post Bank (about 400 feet away); Do Religion and Money Mix? (about 400 feet away); Cobble Rock Gas Station (about 400 feet away); Vernal Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Ashley Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farm Exchange Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Jensen (Mau-be) Ferry (approx. 11.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernal.
Also see . . . Downtown Vernal, Utah, 1912.
Photograph of Main Street (Uintah Avenue) from 100 West, looking east. Building exteriors: Acorn Mercantile Co. and Bracken Clothing. (Submitted on February 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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