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Baxter Springs in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Crowell Bank

Baxter Springs Historic Walking Tour

 
 
Crowell Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
1. Crowell Bank Marker
Inscription.
The first bank in Baxter Springs was the Bank of Baxter also called the Crowell Bank. It was established in 1870 and did business in this building. H. R. Crowell, the founder, was the second mayor of Baxter Springs. In May of 1876, Jesse James and an accomplice who may have been Cole Younger, held up the bank cashier and made off with $2900. The bandits headed south for Indian Territory, taunting locals to give pursuit. They were pursued by a posse to a point seven miles south of town. There they managed to waylay the posse and disarm their pursuers.

The Crowell Bank collapsed in 1887, a victim of poor management and hard times. In this century, the building has been the site of a grocery store and several restaurants. The facade of the building was rebuilt in 1926, but the remainder of the building is original.
 
Erected by Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum.
 
Location. 37° 1.473′ N, 94° 44.125′ W. Marker is in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of Military Avenue (U.S. 69) and 11th Street, on the right when traveling south on Military Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 Military Avenue, Baxter Springs KS 66713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Crowell Bank Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2010
2. Crowell Bank Building and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Café on the Route (here, next to this marker); Indiana House (a few steps from this marker); Illinois Cash Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Opperman Harness and Saddle Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Murder of C. M. Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Drovers' and Farmers' Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Polster Dry Goods Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Baxter Springs.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Baxter Springs. (Submitted on November 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum. (Submitted on November 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 588 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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