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.
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.
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.