The Bank of Florence
was an early wildcat bank
located at 8502 North 30th Street in Florence, Nebraska Territory
. After originally opening in the 1850s, it closed and reopened in 1904. Today the building that housed the bank is the Bank of Florence Museum
. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
, and is the oldest building in Omaha, Nebraska
The town of Florence was founded on the ruins of Winter Quarters
, with dozens of small buildings still intact from the early Mormon
pioneer settlement. A speculator's dream, the town was quickly built.
The Bank of Florence was built as a wildcat bank
for speculators to make an easy profit. Many of the early investors included members of the land company that founded the nearby town of Saratoga
, as well as local businessmen. When the Panic of 1857
hit, many local townspeople and farmers were financially drained.Bristow, D. (1997) A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tale of 19th Century Omaha
, Caxton Press.
The building reopened as the Second Bank of Florence in 1904, and was restored as a landmark in the 1980s.
Bank of Florence Museum
Today the building has been turned into the Bank of Florence Museum, which is owned and operated by the Florence Historical Foundation. Visitors can view the main bank floor, the vault, the rooms upstairs that served as the home of the original bank manager, and... Read More