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Safford in Graham County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Arizona Bank & Trust Company

1921

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 27, 2012
1. Arizona Bank & Trust Company Marker
Inscription. A well-known Tucson architect, H. O. Jaastad, designed this imposing neo-classical revival structure in 1920. Snell & Harvey of Phoenix erected the building for around $50,000. The concrete foundation is capped by brick construction. Two terra cotta engaged columns adorn the front. The entry originally featured a transom over the door.

On May 28, 1921, the general public was invited to view the fine interior. It featured gray marble, oak cabinets and facilities that included storage vaults, safety deposit boxes and rooms for patrons to conduct business.

At one time, banks were located on three corners of this intersection. The Depression caused the Arizona Bank & Trust to close it's offices in Safford, Pima and Thatcher late in 1923.

After a period of vacancy, the Valley National Bank (Gila Valley Bank) occupied the building from the 1930's to the 1950's. Many businesses have inhabited the site since that time, including Kimball and Greenhalgh Insurance, Brinkerhoff Realty, Richards Music and Holladay's Photo Emporium. Private offices have been located upstairs. The original interior remained intact for many years until extensively remodeled by an auto dealer tenant.

The upper northwest corner still boasts its rod and light. Before radios were invented, this was used to notify the local police
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By Bill Kirchner, October 27, 2012
2. Arizona Bank & Trust Company Marker
officer that he was needed at the station.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
 
Erected by City of Safford.
 
Location. 32° 49.994′ N, 109° 42.743′ W. Marker is in Safford, Arizona, in Graham County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and South 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 429 West Main Street, Safford AZ 85546, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Womans Club of Safford (approx. 0.2 miles away); Safford City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Graham County Courthouse (approx. mile away); Mormon Pioneers' Arrival in Salt Lake Valley - Sesquicentennial Plaque (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Gila Valley (approx. 1.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Spencer W. Kimball Childhood Home (approx. 2.8 miles away); Solomon (approx. 4.9 miles away); Gila Valley Bank (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Safford.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 27, 2012
3. Photo on Arizona Bank & Trust Company Marker
Arizona Bank & Trust Company image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 27, 2012
4. Arizona Bank & Trust Company
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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