Farm Exchange Building

Farm Exchange Building (HM25PK)

Location: Vernal, UT 84078 Uintah County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 27.348', W 109° 31.909'

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"They didn't have a lot of money, but they
didn't know that they were poor."

-Rebecca Kunz's (1892-1985) impressions of the Great Depression


Built of concrete because it was considered fire proof, the building across from you has not changed much since its completion in 1925, following seven years of slow construction.
Five local people would own this building before it became a vital link to this community in 1930 as the "Farm Exchange Building." Purchased at the beginning of the Great Depression, when many people in the Basin were losing their jobs, this Co-op supported small farmers and ranchers enabling bartering or trading of supplies like wheat, oats, corn, squash, pumpkins, potatoes and carrots, for other goods or services. Bartering was a way to survive without money, and during those days, money was hard to come by.

Adjacent to the Farm Exchange Building was a livery stable where many wild horses, after being caught from the open range, were corralled. As a condition of sale, the horses had to be ridden at least once before being sold to the British government and shipped to South Africa during the Boer War of 1899-1902.

The large, painted letters on the west side of the Farm Exchange Building advertise the once robust gasoline and refining company named PARCO,



an acronym for the Producers and Refiners Corporation of Parco, Wyoming. In its heyday during the 1920s, the company refined over 8,000 barrels of oil a day to fuel the voracious new auto industry.

By the time of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the company had fallen into receivership, but was saved by the booming Sinclair Oil Company. Today, the town located six miles east of Rawlins, Wyoming, boasts 600 Sinclair employees and, due to management support, is now considered one of the most modern refineries.
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HM NumberHM25PK
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Date Added Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 7:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 624488 N 4479383
Decimal Degrees40.45580000, -109.53181667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 27.348', W 109° 31.909'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 27' 20.88" N, 109° 31' 54.54" W
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Area Code(s)435
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 166 W Main St, Vernal UT 84078, US
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