The First National Bank of Winnemucca, Nevada

The First National Bank of Winnemucca, Nevada

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Charter: 3575

Year Opened: 1886

Banking in Nevada is known for one hit wonders and mining booms and busts. However, The First National Bank of Winnemucca is a happy exception. The history buffs will recognize the bank as having been robbed by The Wild Bunch in the year 1900. Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, and the rest of their crew stole $33,000.00 from The First National Bank of Winnemucca. None of that money was ever recovered. It has also been rumored that some of this currency was subsequently signed by Butch Cassidy and spent. If an 1882 brownback did show up and was authenticated as having been signed by members of The Wild Bunch two worlds of collecting could combine for a really exquisite piece.

The First National Bank of Winnemucca also holds distinction as having been the only national bank in Nevada for all of 1897-1902 and for large portions of 1896 and 1903. It would ultimately close its doors in December of 1932 when Nevada declared a banking holiday for all but one of its national banks. During the bank’s long existence it issued five different types of notes. All are valuable, but fortunately for collectors their 1929 small size notes are quite plentiful. It has also been rumored that many more sheets of 1929 notes issued by The First National Bank of Winnemucca are hiding in a bank vault in Reno.

Also of note, in 1890 the president of the bank had some serious interest in moving the bank to Sacramento, CA. That of course never happened.

First President: L.A. Blakeslee
First Cashier: George S. Nixon

Other people associated with the bank: F.D. Sweetzer, F.M. Lee, George Wingfield, J. Sheehan, C.L. Tobin, J.G. Moore, A.D. Dern, W.H. Moffat, J.G. Taylor, G.E. Stall, J. Sibbald

 

First National Bank
of Winnemucca

Rarity

Type

10

-

9

1902 Red Seal

8

1882 Brown Seal

7

-

6

-

5

1902 Blue Seal

4

-

3

1929 Small Size

2

-

1

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Rarity based on state
10 being rarest

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