First National Bank of Mankato

First National Bank Of Mankato

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The First National Bank of Mankato, also known as the Old First National Bank of Mankato and located at 229 Front Street South in Mankato, Minnesota, is a fine example of Prairie School architecture in a commercial building, relating rural life to the development of downtown Mankato as a regional center of commerce and finance. The recently restored exterior is now part of the Mankato Civic Center, the Verizon Wireless Center.


Mankato was settled by Whites beginning in 1852, on land previously occupied by the indigenous Sisseton (“Lake Village”) Dakota Sioux until they were forced to cede it under the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux of 1851.

The First National Bank of Mankato was one of the three competing financial institutions in the early 20th Century, along with the Citizens’ National Bank and the Mankato State Bank (earlier Mankato National Bank). First National had already been the target of the famous aborted robbery attempt by Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang in 1876, which immediately preceded their defeat at...
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