Sunday, March 7, 2010

First National Bank Carlsbad, N.M.

A few days ago I posted this photo with cute little Sea Biscuit chillin out front:

Here is a more recent photo taken in 1968:
(look...sidewalks and paved streets!)

And more recently, about 2007:
(I sure don't remember it being that PINK!)

Yes John, you can click on the picture and see by the file name that is is the "First National Bank Building".

It is in Carlsbad...but maybe the next challenge won't be.
Look alive people!

But here are the fun details (pulled from New Mexico Off The Road.)

"The First National Bank Building was built in 1892 on the corner of Canal and Fox Streets and has been home to over a century of history. It was the site of the first bank in southern New Mexico, and its offices were home to the first newspaper in the area. Pat Garrett, the lawman [He was a Lincoln County Sheriff so not sure why he had an office in Carlsbad...which is located in Eddy County] who shot Billy the Kid, had his offices in the building. The outlaws Bonnie and Clyde robbed the bank in the 30’s, leaving behind bullet holes that are still visible today."

Today the building is being/has been renovated into a luxury hotel. Fun stuff! We were just looking for one of those in Carlsbad too!

But don't you love that Bonnie & Clyde robbed the bank in the 30s and left behind bullet holes.
Wish I had known, I would have stopped by for a photo-op the last time I was in town!

1 comment:

Shauna_Rae said...

That is fun and would be awesome to have photos of the bullet holes.

I wanted to ask you if I could post a link to your blog about your love letters. I wanted to post the book I made and give you a link. Let me know.