First National Bank of Graford

Graford downtown block

Graford is a small town in Palo Pinto County, Texas, with a estimated current population of 601 persons.  The town name comes from Graham and Weatherford–a fact I never knew before today (Handbook of Texas Online, Claudia Hazlewood, “GRAFORD, TX,” accessed July 09, 2018, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlg31).
George R. Bevers surveyed a homestead in 1854 and a year later, built a home.  The first business was Ansell Russell and Willis Mills’ store.

FNB side and front elevation

Postal service was established by 1895.  By 1907, the town had several dry goods stores, a hardware and implement store, two blacksmiths, a meat market, restaurant, hotel, bank, and drugstore, and was serviced by train travel.  The first mention I find of the bank is the First State Bank in 1909.  In 1923, it was converted to the First National Bank.  The canopy is a late-day addition, and it appears windows have been modernized.  The building still features a canted entrance and the barred teller windows are visible through the front window.

teller window

First National Bank 2

Several stores in the town were destroyed by fire in 1925, including the Masonic Hall, the Harrison Sanitarium, and the old post office building.  Businesses included Lamar Drug Store and McQueen’s market.

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2 Responses to First National Bank of Graford

  1. There are so many of these old towns that are forgotten across Texas. Thanks for sharing this one! I had to Google canted entrance and found an old post of yours filled with them. Love them too and now I can described them properly! Cheers!

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