“First National Bank”, ca. 1896, photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 031-4674.

This is the bank where, in 1896, Winfield Scott Stratton placed $100,000 dollars on deposit as a wager for anyone willing to accept it that William Jennings Bryan would defeat William McKinley in that year’s presidential election. Learn more about Stratton’s Wager, HERE.

Man walking in front of large stone building on wide, unpaved street. Sign on ground floor window reads “First National Bank.” Signs painted on upper windows include “Law Office” “J.W. Sheafor Attorney” “Mining Investments” “Reed and Hamlin Investment Company” and “J.W. Miller Brokers Money to Loan.”

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