Farmers and Merchants Bank – Choteau

Location Class:
Built: 1908 | Abandoned: 1908
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (1983)
Status: Demolished
Contributor: Preservation Oklahoma
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This downtown bank was constructed in 1908. It served as a booming center of banking and business from the 1900s through the 1940s. It has a grand appearance for its size, with limestone pilasters and arched brick window and door surrounds, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Organized by pioneer businessmen as the second bank in Chouteau, it is the only structure still
standing from that era in town. Like many commercial buildings in Oklahoma’s rural communities, the Farmers and Merchants bank is at risk of being lost to the consequences of long-term vacancy, deterioration, and time itself.

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