It is nearly impossible to do anything in this city's downtown without walking by the towering statue of Brigham Young, who stands, as locals say, with his "back to the church and his hand outstretched to the banks."

And in fact his hand is pointed roughly toward Utah's biggest bank, $13 billion-asset First Security Corp., the country's oldest multibank holding company. It was founded in 1928 by Marriner Eccles, father of the modern Federal Reserve and a chief architect of the New Deal.

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