“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hamilton in Ravalli County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

First National Bank

First National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
1. First National Bank Marker
Inscription.  “No year has favored the business section like 1910. And best of all, the buildings are of a better class than last year,” enthused the Ravalli Republic. Part of this boom, the First National Bank building replaced two wooden structures that housed a general store and Hamilton’s first hospital in the mid-1890s. The second floor of the new masonry building was divided into inexpensive apartments. The building’s first-floor façade reflected its dual purpose as a bank and store. Large display windows with an aluminum mullion frame marked Hub Clothing, which occupied the business block’s south half. Double-hung windows accented by brick voussiors (wedge-shaped bricks or stones) adorned the more formal façade of the First National Bank. F. H. Drinkenberg, president of First National Bank, also owned an interest in Hub Clothing. Mayor of Hamilton in 1910, his real estate investments reflected his faith in the town’s future. In addition to this building, Drinkenberg owned interests in two other Second Street business blocks also constructed 1909-1910.
Erected by Montana Historical Society
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 46° 14.785′ N, 114° 9.431′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Montana, in Ravalli County. Marker is on South 2nd Street near Main Street (State Highway 531), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 176 South 2nd Street, Hamilton MT 59840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carnegie Library (about 500 feet away); United States Post Office (about 700 feet away); Hamilton Commercial Historic District (about 700 feet away); 337 West Main (about 700 feet away); Telephone Exchange (about 700 feet away); Daly Mansion (approx. 1.6 miles away).
First National Bank image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
2. First National Bank
The marker is hidden by construction work.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Jun. 23, 2024