First National Bank

First National Bank (HM152L)

Location: Newkirk, OK 74647 Kay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 52.954', W 97° 3.229'

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This Roman Classic structure with a corner recessed entry and simple columns was built in 1899. The building was originally known as the Dilday building and is constructed with native limestone secured a few miles east of Newkirk. John Pierce had the stonework contract. The real estate offices of J.H. Strain and the Farmer's State Bank were both housed in this building in October of 1899.

The First National Bank with Porter Willis Smith as President purchased the building in 1903, but the bank did not move here until June 15, 1907. Leighton, an Oklahoma City architect, drew the plans which significantly altered the building so that it appears as it does today. In addition to the classical native stone columns which flank the front, the bank featured a mosaic floor, and hand polished oak fixtures. The circular steel safe arrived in May of 1907 and was placed in the vault by Wash Ward. The First National Bank was absorbed by Eastman National in 1933.

During the late 1940s and early 1950s Dr. William MacDonald's clinic was located on the second floor of this building, and many Newkirk babies were born in this building at that time.

The Newkirk Chamber of Commerce, the Newkirk Tag Agency, Laport's Jewelry, and G. N. "Mickey" Walker's Insurance and Real Estate moved into the building in 1950.
HM NumberHM152L
Placed ByNewkirk Women's League
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 8:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 673439 N 4083613
Decimal Degrees36.88256667, -97.05381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 52.954', W 97° 3.229'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 52' 57.24" N, 97° 3' 13.74" W
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Area Code(s)580
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 N Main St, Newkirk OK 74647, US
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