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    They made their appearance in Texas towns after hotels and saloons, but before opera houses and city halls. They occupied the most prominent corners of the town square and their doors opened to both streets. Their architecture rivaled the county courthouse and many were designed by the same architects. With marble counters and bronze teller's cages, small town banks had the interior prestige of post offices. Their exteriors were Greco-Roman temples with columns that reached to the heavens. They were impregnable fortresses where the businessman kept his gold, the tradesman kept his silver and where newsboys kept their copper pennies.

    Then the unthinkable happened - they failed.
    After the Great Depression the architectural prestige of the bank was tarnished. Their vaults were just full of paper (and forclosures) and their columns proved to be hollow. In the 50s they modernized. They added automatic doors, and time/ temperature signs that never worked properly. All across Texas these once noble buildings were left vacant or became Mexican restaurants and antique stores. Only in the downtowns of larger cities do they retain some of the dignity they once had. Here is a celebration of bank architecture in Texas - from the big cities to towns too small to have a drive-up window.
    © John Troesser

    Texas Banks

    "A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain." - Robert Frost
    Beaumont
  • The Beaumont Bank Building Bewilderment by Luke Warm 7-2-12
  • The Worthington National Bank Feature
    Fort Worth's Burk Burnett Building
  • Texas Bank Buildings - Images:
  • Andrews - Andrews State Bank
  • Anton 5-31-13
  • Arlington - Worthington National Bank Building
  • Avery - First State Bank
  • Ballinger - Farmers and Merchants State Bank
  • Barstow
  • Bartlett Bank Eagle
  • Beaumont Bank Building Bewilderment
  • Benavides - Merchants Exchange Bank
  • Benjamin
  • Britton
  • Brownsville Merchants National Bank Building
  • Calvert
  • Canyon
  • Center
  • Cibolo
  • Comfort
  • Coolidge
  • Conroe
  • Corpus Christi - City National Bank 1909
  • Cottonwood
  • Del Rio
  • Eddy
  • Edinburg State Bank & Trust Co.
  • El Campo
  • Ellinger
  • Emory
  • Falfurrias - First National Bank
  • Falls City
  • Ferris
  • Forestburg - First State Bank
  • Fort Hancock
  • Fort Worth -
    Continental National Bank (1905)
  • Fort Worth - The Worthington National Bank
  • Glen Rose - First National Bank
  • Goree
  • Grandview
  • Gustine
  • Heidenheimer
  • Hillsboro
  • Holland
  • Honey Grove - First State Bank
  • Hull
  • Italy
  • Jacksboro
  • Jayton
  • Jean
  • Kaufman
  • Lakeview
  • Littlefield
  • Leonard
  • Louise State Bank Building Feature
  • Marfa National Bank
  • Markham
  • McDade
  • Memphis
  • Merkel - Former Farmers and Merchants National Bank
  • Newcastle
  • Olney
  • Ozona National Bank
  • Paducah
  • Paint Rock
  • Pasadena
  • Pearsall
  • Pflugerville
  • Pharr
  • Ponder
  • Refugio
  • Richland Springs - 1910 First State Bank Building
  • Riviera
  • Royse City
  • Sabinal
  • Sinton
  • Spur
  • Star - Bank interior
  • Stephenville -
    The 1889 First National Bank
  • Talpa State Bank 10-21-13
  • Taylor National Bank
  • Toyah
  • Truscott
  • Valley View
  • Van Alstyne
  • Walburg State Bank
  • Westminster
  • Whitewright - First national Bank
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  • Bank Vaults
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  • Bank Robberies

  • The Bartlett Bank Robbery That Wasn't by C. F. Eckhardt
    Back during the 'hippie era' of the '60s, a group of 'unwashed intellectuals' out of Austin decided to do their bit for the Age of Aquarius by robbing a bank...
  • A criminal or a saint? You never know by Delbert Trew
    "Route 66 certainly endured its share of crime in its heyday."
  • The Day Doc Newton robbed Bonnie Parker's Bank by John Troesser
  • Garwood Bank
  • Bank Related Stories

  • Stone Fort Bank, Nacogdoches by Archie P. McDonald, PhD
  • “Godfather of Beaumont" by Fred B. McKinley
  • The Banker by Mike Cox
    “Money is for having, not spending.”...
  • Bankers are remembered for bark, bite by Delbert Trew
    When old-timers gather to visit, the tall tales do fly, eventually, the subject turns to bankers the men have known...
  • Oct. 21, 1822 - Texas' First Bank History Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
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