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Big Spring in Howard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First National Bank in Big Spring

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
1. First National Bank in Big Spring Marker
Inscription. Chartered on April 19, 1890, the First National Bank of Big Spring opened for business on the first floor of a two-story building at the northwest corner of Second and Clinton (now Main) streets with an initial capital of $50,000. The post office occupied the south side of the building until 1927; the remaining space was rented to a variety of tenants.

West Texas National Bank, chartered on February 28, 1903, opened in a building on the northeast corner of Second and Main, and in 1909 began construction of a new building on the southeast corner of Second and Main. The 1920s were prosperous years for the local banks, but the Depression of the 1930s brought hard times to both institutions. In 1934 the two banks merged and became the First National Bank in Big Spring. The new institution occupied the former West Texas National Bank building at the southeast corner of Second and Main. In 1963 the bank moved to new facilities at the southwest corner of Fourth and Main.

Pioneer ranching families involved with the early banks and the merger made a lasting contribution to the growth and prosperity of Big Spring.
 
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1787.)
 
Location. 32° 15.079′ N, 101° 
First National Bank in Big Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
2. First National Bank in Big Spring Marker
28.587′ W. Marker is in Big Spring, Texas, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of West 4th Street (Business Interstate 20) and South Main Street, on the right when traveling east on West 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 S Main St, Big Spring TX 79720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Settles Hotel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Historical Big Spring Meat Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Spring Hardware Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); The J. & W. Fisher Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Potton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. half a mile away); St. Thomas Catholic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Big Spring School District (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Big Spring.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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