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Lead in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The First National (Norwest) Bank

 
 
The First National (Norwest) Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
1. The First National (Norwest) Bank Marker
Inscription.  Lead's first bank was founded in 1879 under the name of Samuel Wood & Co. and was later renamed Thum, Lake & Co. It became a state bank in 1883 under the name of the Lead City Bank, a name which was changed to the First National Bank in 1891, and most recently to Norwest Bank.

From humble beginnings in Harlow's Feed Store on Mill Street, the bank moved to a new brick structure on the corner of Main and North Mill in 1883, later occupying an even more imposing building on the same site in 1903.

As a result of ground subsidence due to mining, the bank was forced to move to its present location in 1922. The structure seen here was constructed on the foundations of Lead's old Miners' Union Hall and Opera House, which had been razed in the late teens. The new building, constructed by W. W. Beach Co. of Sioux City of brick and reinforced concrete, was designed to conform to the then prevailing style of modern bank architecture.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 44° 21.129′ N, 103° 
Marker detail: The First National (Norwest) Bank image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: The First National (Norwest) Bank
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45.94′ W. Marker is in Lead, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on West Main Street (CanAm Highway) (U.S. 85) east of Siever Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly north across Main Street from the subject building, overlooking Main Street with the building in the background. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Main Street, Lead SD 57754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homestake One Ton, End Dump Ore Car (a few steps from this marker); Homestake Air Locomotive Number 35 (a few steps from this marker); Commonwealth Mine Stamp Mill (a few steps from this marker); 1912 Lead City Hall / Homestake General Offices (a few steps from this marker); Homestake Slag Buggy (within shouting distance of this marker); Homestake Hospital Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Pneumatic Rock Drill (within shouting distance of this marker); Halloran Block (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lead.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post.
 
Regarding The First National (Norwest) Bank. Included within the Lead Historic District, National Register of Historic Places (1974)
 
Marker detail: Lead City Miners' Union Hall Building image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Lead City Miners' Union Hall Building
The foundations of this ornate structure may still be seen on the west side of the hank.
Marker detail: 1903 First National Bank, corner of Main and North Mill Streets image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: 1903 First National Bank, corner of Main and North Mill Streets
The First National (Norwest) Bank Marker (<i>wide view; bank located across Main Street on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
5. The First National (Norwest) Bank Marker (wide view; bank located across Main Street on left)
The First National (Norwest) Bank Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
6. The First National (Norwest) Bank Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 4, 2022