T.M. Richardson and the Oklahoma Bank
— The ‘89er Trail —
Lumberman, Banker, and Business Leader
On the afternoon of April 22, T.M. Richardson, and his son T.M. Jr., from Albany, Texas, staked a claim at the northeast corner of Clarke Street (later Grand, and today Sheridan) and Harvey, where the Devon Tower stands today. This became the site of the Jones and Richardson Lumber Company, which would soon be the largest lumber company in the region.
At the southwest corner of Broadway and Main Street, he purchased a lot and opened the Oklahoma Bank, arguably the first in the new city, in a tent. The next year it was given the name First National Bank, and within a few years Richardson had built a three story building for the bank on the same corner.
He was a founding member of the
Top left: The Jones and Richardson Lumber Yard was located between Main and
Grand along Harvey Street.
Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
Middle: Т.М. Richardson was one of Oklahoma City's early business leaders. Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
Top right: First National Bank circa 1894. Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
Erected 2018 by Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Wiggin Properties. (Marker Number 27.)
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Overholser (a few steps from this marker); Charles Colcord (within shouting distance of this marker); Visit of the Congressmen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Resignation of Mayor William L. Couch (about 600 feet away); South Oklahoma (about 700 feet away); A Summer of Political Unrest (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Hall by Forfeiture (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Citizens' Committee (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
Also see . . . Oklahoma Historical Society on Thomas Meriwether Richardson. (Submitted on October 29, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.