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Townsend in Broadwater County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

State Bank of Townsend

 
 
State Bank of Townsend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
1. State Bank of Townsend Marker
Inscription.  J. P. Kearns came to Townsend from Benton, Wisconsin, in 1899. Business-educated and experienced, Kearns astutely recognized the town’s need for a new financial institution and founded the State Bank of Townsend only three months later. The bank was first located at 312 Broadway Street. Then in 1916, plans for a new building were begun. Albert Mooreman and Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, a firm specializing in bank plans and construction, designed the Neo-classical style building. The structure features an imposing entrance in temple motif framed by columns and pilasters with a pediment of colored sandstone. Completed in 1918, its secure and commanding presence came to be especially significant during the hard financial time ahead. Despite drought, depression, and the area’s dependency on an agricultural economy so devastated by these circumstances, the State Bank of Townsend managed to survive when many small-town banks did not. J. P. Kearns’ cautious loan policies and conservative banking methods provided a solid foundation for long-term success. For almost a century, the State Bank of Townsend has been owned and operated in principal by members
State Bank of Townsend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
2. State Bank of Townsend Marker
The marker is on the left, above the Road Closed Ahead sign.
of the same family that chartered it, thus setting a record unmatched by any other bank in Montana.
 
Erected by Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 46° 19.227′ N, 111° 31.034′ W. Marker is in Townsend, Montana, in Broadwater County. Marker is on Broadway (U.S. 12) near South Cedar Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Broadway, Townsend MT 59644, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills (approx. 2.8 miles away); Canyon Ferry (approx. 2.8 miles away); Yorks Islands (approx. 3.9 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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