Nacogdoches in Nacogdoches County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In 1883 A. Wettermark of Henderson, Texas, purchased an existing wooden structure from Bennett Blake, Sr. for the sum of $1000 and opened a branch of his banking firm here on the corner of Main and North Street. This was the first official bank in Nacogdoches. The R.D. Orton homestead sat to the east of the bank. In 1896 when the bank moved to the other end of the block on the Public Square, the owners leased the building to a variety of tenants. In 1905 the bakery in the building caught fire and burned the building to the ground. The present brick structure dates from that year; additions to the rear of the building came later. The 1912 map shows the building with two entrances on Main Street and one on the west. The building was the location of Needham's Barber Shop and the original location of Madeen Hair Tonic Company (Mahdeen is Needham spelled backward). The shop occupied the front and the factory/warehouse occupied the rear. Later, the building housed a variety of tenants, including a bakery, electrical suppliers, battery storage, and shops.
The building, a one-story rectangular, Victorian commercial structure with a
Erected by The Heritage Club of Nacogdoches.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 31° 36.224′ N, 94° 39.359′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (State Highway 21) and South Street (Business U.S. 59), on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. The marker is located on the corner of the building by the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Main Street, Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Spanish Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Jefferson Rusk (within shouting distance of this marker); El Camino Real — Kings Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Nacogdoches County Veterans MemorialForgotten Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Order of the Purple Heart (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Thomas F. McKinney (within shouting distance of this marker); William ("Bill") Goyens (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 22, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.