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Baker City in Baker County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

First National Bank Building

Baker City Historic District

 

—Established 1874 —

 
First National Bank Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
1. First National Bank Building Marker
Inscription. When constructed, this building was the third bank building to occupy this site. J.W. Virtue, a pioneer gold mining entrepreneur, built the first bank in 1873. It was the first stone building on Main Street. The building was ruined by a fire in 1888. The following year, a new building was completed for the First National Bank. The bank owners replaced that building with this structure in the early 1900s.
When Virtue’s bank was demolished, workmen opened the cornerstone and found the skull of Bogs Greenwood, a murderer who was hanged on an area ranch in 1864. Inside the skull was a biography of the outlaw written by Dr. T.N. Snow, a local physician.
 
Erected by Historic Baker City, Inc.
 
Location. 44° 46.565′ N, 117° 49.8′ W. Marker is in Baker City, Oregon, in Baker County. Marker is on Main Street near Court Avenue when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1841 Main Street, Baker City OR 97814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walker Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Mint-Fox Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy Building (within shouting
First National Bank Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
2. First National Bank Building Marker
The marker is on the corner of the building.
distance of this marker); Gerstle-Solomon Building (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Haskell Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Log Cabin Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Alfred Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Mann Block (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baker City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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