Trona scrip from display at Old Guest House Museum
Photo by Ray H. Banks Copyright 1997AP&CC sold scrip to its employees. It could be used just like money in any of the AP&CC owned businesses. We called it “Trona money.” If you had change coming it would be in the form of AP&CC minted coins of brass, aluminum or in some cases pressed cardboard. As child it was difficult for us to understand why a Trona coin couldn’t be used anywhere just like the other coins that had in our pockets. People would keep track of the scrip they bought and at the end of the year they were able to get a tax-free rebate from AP&CC that is until someone decided to close that tax loophole. This was the way AP&CC divided up the profits of their not for profit businesses. When AP&CC could no longer use the businesses as tax write-offs it became time to sell them off.