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Guthrie in Logan County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Guthrie National Bank

 
 
Guthrie National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
1. Guthrie National Bank Marker
Inscription.  Rushed to completion in the summer of 1889, the Guthrie National Bank building was the first brick structure built in what became Oklahoma Territory. It also proudly claimed many other firsts. It was located where J. W. McNeal of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, opened the McNeal-Little bank with his partner, A. W. Little, the afternoon of April 22, 1889. It became, as the Guthrie National Bank, June 14, 1890 the first national bank chartered in either of the twin territories.
As premier structure in the infant city, the building housed the "grand reception" for the visiting delegation of Congressmen in September, 1889.
Once finished, the building was crowded with tenants. Besides the bank, it housed Beadle's shoe store on the west side, “Oklahoma Farmer" newspaper and the Guthrie Club, a booster organization, shared the basement. Territorial Governor Steele in 1890 had an office on the 2nd floor for a few months, until larger quarters were available.
After consolidating and acquiring various other Guthrie banks, the parent company crowded out its tenants. It became known as the First National Bank of Guthrie in 1912.
Guthrie National Bank Marker at the BancFirst Bank building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
2. Guthrie National Bank Marker at the BancFirst Bank building.
The present building replaced the first structure in 1923.
 
Erected 1980 by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
 
Location. 35° 52.687′ N, 97° 25.605′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of West Oklahoma Avenue and North 1st Street, on the right when traveling west on West Oklahoma Avenue. Now BancFirst Bank. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 West Oklahoma Avenue, Guthrie OK 73044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Land Office (within shouting distance of this marker); First City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); U. S. Government Land Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Guthrie City Hall (about 300 feet away); Smith’s 2-Story Privy (about 300 feet away); Bonfils Building (about 300 feet away); De Ford Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guthrie.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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