Vernal Express Archives

History of the Vernal Express

Kate Jean Boan was founder and editor of the Uintah Pappoose, the pioneer newspaper of eastern Utah. She purchased a printing press from Sears and Roebuck, and began publishing the four-page weekly paper in 1891. In 1892 she sold the newspaper to James Barker, who changed the name to the Vernal Express.

James H. Wallis took over management of the Vernal Express in 1917. Four generations of his family published the paper for the next 90 years, until James’ great-grandson Steven Wallis passed away in 2007. Both James and his son, William B. Wallis, are in the Utah Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Search the Archives of the Vernal Expess

Vernal Express  Full-text with images. Covers 1891-1982, This collection also contains the Uintah Pappoose, Jan. 2, 1891 – Feb. 4, 1892. Hosted at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library. Funded in part by Uintah County with supporting funds from the Library Services and Technology (LSTA), and the Utah State library Division.



Vernal Express Index (1891-1947)An index created by local librarians and volunteers of the Vernal Express. We began this project long before digitization of newspapers was possible. It remains a valuable tool for those researching the people, places, and things in the history of the area.

Current Vernal Express Kevin Ashby is the current publisher of the Vernal Express.

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