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The Heart of Vernon

10 Apr

A line of mugs labeled with names of locals hang behind the counter of the Silver Sage. - photography / Clint Thomsen

A line of mugs labeled with names of locals hang behind the counter of the Silver Sage. - photography / Clint Thomsen

“The Silver Sage: where everyone knows your name and the name of your horse”

Folks in Vernon joke that Jerry Houghton came to Vernon to play, but got a job instead. True, proprietorship of the sleepy town’s Silver Sage Emporium wasn’t his original aim, but it’s a job the soft-spoken entrepreneur cherishes.

The old cinder block building along SR-36 in southern Tooele County is difficult to miss, partly because of its distinctive pink paint job, which was supplied some years ago by a stranded hitchhiker in exchange for food. But the Silver Sage is also the only highway fronted business along the austere 50-mile stretch between Stockton and Eureka.

The excerpt above is from my first non-outdoor feature for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin, which appeared in the April 2, 2009 edition of the paper.  It may not be particularly interesting for those of you outside of Tooele County, but in lieu of an Outdoor Adventure column this week, feel free to click over and check out the full story.

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1 Comment

Posted by on April 10, 2009 in Tooele Transcript Bulletin

 

One response to “The Heart of Vernon

  1. Kristine Shreve

    April 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Nice job. I love places like that. They have such personality.

     

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