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Medicine Lodge in Barber County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The First National Bank

 
 
The First National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
1. The First National Bank Marker
Inscription.

The Merchants' and Drovers' Bank was the first bank in Medicine Lodge, established in October, 1880, by H.M. Hickman from Wellington. It closed on January 10, 1882. Two days later the Medicine Valley Bank was formed with Wylie Payne, President; George Geppert, Cashier; and Frank Chapin, Assistant Cashier. In August, 1882, construction was begun on the southwest corner of Main Street and Kansas Avenue. A fine bank building was completed in March 1883. Tragedy struck on April 30, 1884, when the marshal of Caldwell, Henry Brown; his assistant, Ben Wheeler; and two cowboys, John Wesley and Billy Smith attempted to rob the bank killing Payne and Geppert. A posse pursued the robbers into the gyp hills, trapped them in a box canyon, captured them and brought them in to jail. Later that night, townsmen demanded to see the robbers who tried to escape. Brown was shot and killed and Wheeler wounded. The three survivors were hanged from an elm tree on Spring Creek at the bottom of East 1st Avenue. In May, 1884, the directors of the Medicine Valley Bank elected new officers. Frank Chapin remained as Assistant Cashier. Then in October, 1884, The First National Bank succeeded the Medicine Valley Bank and continues to remain vital to the community.
 
Location. 37° 16.83′ N, 98° 
The First National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
2. The First National Bank Marker
34.773′ W. Marker is in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, in Barber County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Kansas Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 South Main Street, Medicine Lodge KS 67104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Grand Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Medicine Lodge Stockade (about 500 feet away); Peace Treaty Memorial (about 600 feet away); Barber County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carry Nation Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Medicine Lodge Peace Treaties (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway (approx. 9.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Medicine Lodge.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 4 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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