March 26, 2012
Gorgeous in 1901 — Still Gorgeous
Here’s a photo of the Stone Bank when it was shiny and new!
OK. We know that this stone doesn’t shine. But we are aglow with pride that we got a digital scan of this photo. It’s the best picture of the Stone Bank that has surfaced, so far.
This picture is from “Bottineau Illustrated,” which was published in 1901, and your Stone Bank blogger trekked to the State Archives in Bismarck, where they have a “rare” copy of the book. This photo is actually from an ad in the promotional booklet.
We only had a photocopy of this image before, and the scan has much better detail. It also shows — what we suspected — that the 20-foot rear section (recently dismantled) was an addition. Our stone mason thinks it was added in the 1930s … and he is getting ready to put it back together again. It just needs a nip and tuck (and some heavy lifting) to look good as new.
Also at the Archives, there is a box of records from the bank’s closure in 1923. The files holds details how the receiver tried to claw back money “lost” in the bank’s financial collapse. More posts on that are coming soon.
In the meantime, let us bask in finding a great picture of Bottineau County’s FIRST bank and send good vibes to the effort to restore the building and find an adaptive re-use for it.
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For more details on the Stone Bank Project, check out our website at www.StoneBank.org.