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Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First National Bank

 
 
First National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 17, 2016
1. First National Bank Marker
Inscription.

In 1888, First National Bank built its first bank building, a modest two-story brick building at South Sixth and Garrison. A few years into the 20th century, bank president Samuel McLoud ordered plans drawn up for what would be the tallest building in Fort Smith to replace the old bank. The new building would utilize the most modern designs to ensure customer comfort, efficiency of operation and the protection of deposits. The landmark eight-story First National Bank building opened Jan. 31, 1910, the lobby awash in white marble, electric lights and ceiling fans, the custom tile floor accessorized with heavy brass spittoons. One hundred years later, First National Bank remained our largest financial institution and the second oldest bank in Arkansas.
 
Erected 2012 by City of Fort Smith and Others.
 
Location. 35° 23.247′ N, 94° 25.52′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker is at the intersection of Garrison Avenue (U.S. 64) and 6th Street (Arkansas Highway 255), on the right when traveling west on Garrison Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 523 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this

First National Bank Marker (back) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 17, 2016
2. First National Bank Marker (back)
marker. The Phoenix Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Confederate Dead (about 500 feet away); Sebastian County California Gold Seekers (about 500 feet away); 50 Year Concrete Street Service Award 1963 (about 600 feet away); W.J. Murphy - Eads Brothers Building in 1903 (about 600 feet away); The Fishback Block in 1872 (about 600 feet away); 1908 Reunion of U.S. Marshals (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Smith.
 
More about this marker. The markers in this series are placed so that viewers can only read them from the sidewalk while facing the historical subject of the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. First National Bank of Fort Smith. (Submitted on January 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historical plaques placed in downtown Fort Smith. (Submitted on January 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
First National Bank and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 17, 2016
3. First National Bank and Marker
First National Bank image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 17, 2016
4. First National Bank
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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