Monday, March 9, 2009

Bank Buildings 1901

One of the intriguing things about sorting through old post cards is reading, or in some cases, trying to read the lines written on the back and wondering at the story of the writers and receivers of these missives.
I like the one below. It's to the point and written, I've decided, by a caring, but taciturn man to his wife just to let her know he was alright. The back of the card is blank, and I think a woman wouldn't have been able to resist offering some communication there. Of course, you can make up your own story.
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This is a nice shot of two banks on the corner of Gurley and Cortez streets. The building to the right was the Bank of Arizona, built in 1901. You can see it as it looks today here at Walking Prescott.

The red brick building was completed in 1902 and originally housed the Prescott National Bank that had been organized in 1893 by William Bashford and Morris Goldwater. I can't help wondering if it was competitive spirit that set the height of the Prescott National Bank just a bit higher than the Arizona Bank across the street! This building housed the Valley National Bank from 1923 to 1957.


  1. Like you, I love to read what has been written on the old postcards. This is a nice one. I have one of these two buildings from about the same angle but not the same one. Great post.

  2. I hadn't realized that we had dueling banks on those opposing corners! Just think how much better off we'd be if there hadn't been all those bank mergers over the years!

  3. Jarat, those buildings were built to last, that's for sure! Maybe you'll post your card would be fun to see it.

    GJ, I hadn't known about the Bank of Prescott! I wish it was in existence today.. I suppose it merged into the Valley National Bank although I could find nothing that actually said that.