Revitalization Project Adding Historic Flair to Downtown

Starting today, downtown Vernal storefronts will be sprinkled with some historic flair. According to Chamber Director Joel Brown, the 5th to 5th Revitalization Committee has partnered with the Uintah County Regional History Center to have giant historic photographs printed to be placed on display in vacant storefront windows. There are nearly 30 prints made and each measure 3 feet by 4 feet. Today, helping hands will be cleaning storefronts, washing windows and hanging the historic photographs along with descriptions and the building’s history. “Library Director Sam Passey was the original person with the idea and our committee ran with it,” shares Brown. “Transforming storefronts takes away from the vacant feel and puts on display the history of downtown. It gives people a reason to come downtown, walk around and check the historic photos out. In the future, we may add to the displays with even larger photos.” The displays are expected to be complete in time for the Holly Days celebration; possibly the busiest day of the year for downtown Vernal. All are encouraged to come downtown and take a walk to experience these beautiful historic images.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.