Bank of Blue Mountain

Bank of Blue MountainBlue Mountain, Mississippi is probably most widely known for being home to Blue Mountain College.  The former Bank of Blue Mountain on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street was established in 1905 when the bank purchased the site on which to erect the building (The Chattanooga News, Oct. 31, 1905, p. 8).  The building (visible in the original design lower left corner of the postcard below) was renovated in 1939.

Blue Mountain Postcard

“Greetings from Blue Mountain, Miss.” “Baptist Church,” “Miss. Heights Academy,” “A Dormitory,” “Spring,” “Spring,” “Bank of Blue Mountain,” “College Light and Water Plant,” “An Industrial Home.”
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Blue Mountain, Tippah County, Mississippi
http://www.mdah.ms.gov/arrec/digital_archives/series/cooper/detail/20898

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By Brian Stansberry – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72902868

The bank is pictured above prior to being painted, on the far end of the two buildings visible on the left above.  The comparison of the structures before and following the 1939 remodeling is illustrated below.

The Bank of Blue Mountain building is to be remodeled and extensive reconditioning will be done at the financial institution…Contract for the work will be awarded during June by bank officials.  The Ashland branch of the Bank of Blue Mountain recently completed a new structure. (Clarion-Ledger, Jun 9, 1939, p. 6)

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10 Responses to Bank of Blue Mountain

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    Always interesting to me to see how old buildings are restored. Enjoyed reading your post – contains a lot of history – my favorite subject. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beth says:

    I think it needs a return to its original structure. Interesting about the ideas that people have at different times in regard to “remodeling and extensive reconditioning”. The 1960’s were infamous for covering up facades with metal sheeting, but now the metal sheeting is coming off many of the surviving buildings. What were they thinking…or were they only considered with modernism.

    • Suzassippi says:

      I think it is probably the whole idea of being modern, and in some cases, covering up things rather than repairing them.

      • Beth says:

        Tastes and preferences change and then modern becomes the vogue. I would like to think that now we have a better concept of preservation – some what and some times!

        • Suzassippi says:

          E. L. Malvaney might question that, what with all the demolished buildings in Mississippi. 🙂

          • Beth says:

            It is a constant battle here, too. Right now the ones that want to re-do the Alamo and surrounding grounds want to tear down the Woolworth building across the street from the Chapel and build “a world-class museum”. Preservations are struggling to keep that from happening. The Woolworth building has significance in the Civil Rights movement here and they are hoping that will save it.

  3. Pat_H says:

    One of the really striking things about these photos is the way that he rail line so casually runs right through the scene. Common in earlier times, but we’d not see things built that way now.

    • Suzassippi says:

      I had a similar thought when I saw the photograph. Many of the small towns I have visited here had the railway right through town, and the shops faced the line. Examples were Mound Bayou, Shelby, Itta Bena, Aberdeen, just to name a few. I might need to do an update on towns with the railway through the center of town!

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